WhatsApp could face a ban in UK next year if new bill passes
Popular apps like WhatsApp, iMessage and Snapchat could land in trouble in UK if they don’t comply with the new rules. The reason being that UK is going to employ strict rules on social media and online messaging services. Prime Minister David Cameron has put it very clearly that anything that becomes a hindrance in the path of fighting terrorism will be dealt with proactive measures. And it is not surprising that WhatsApp and other messaging apps are a big hindrance to that, if they don’t comply with the new set of rules.
Home secretary Theresa has brought forward a bill called ‘snooper’s charter’ also known as Draft Communications Data Bill for this. Under this law internet services will have to document the online activities of the customers and keep the log of it for a period of 12 months. Although the bill was blocked by the Liberal Democrats in 2013, it is being speculated that it will pass this time around.
Just like other regions, WhatsApp is quite popular in UK and if this bill passes Facebook will have one more headache to deal with. Either they will have to comply with the new rules or face a ban in the UK. Only time will tell if this will happen, but for now it looks highly likely that some kind of amendments will be there to protect the nation from terror attacks like the recent shooting of 27 Brits in Tunisia.