WhatsApp faces ban in the UK within weeks


WhatsApp could soon be banned in the UK within weeks, owing to the strict laws on social media and online messaging services.

According to Express.co.uk, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is pressing ahead with new legislation that plans to stop people from sending any form of encrypted messages.

Today, there are popular messaging services in the UK like WhatsApp, iMessage and Snapchat. If the controversial new legislation is passed in the coming weeks all three services could be outlawed in the United Kingdom in the coming weeks.

Earlier this year, Cameron reportedly said, "In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read? My answer to that question is: 'No, we must not'."

With the new Investigatory Powers Bill, Internet service providers, Internet companies like Facebook, Google and others, will need to keep a record of user's activity. The new bill, the pace of which has been accelerated due to recent concerns over terrorist attacks, could be passed by Autumn.

Though the complete details of the bill are still undisclosed, it means that the government will now get to spy on users irrespective of whether they are crime suspects or not.

Meanwhile, popular messaging service, WhastApp, has updated its Web app. WhatsApp for Web has now been updated to include mobile-like features giving users more control over chats and group conversations on the web.