For Lok Sabha election campaign, ₹1000 software tool helps overcome WhatsApp controls

The Hindu | May 15, 2019 at 11:04 AM
  • WhatsApp clones and software tools that cost as little as ₹1000 are helping Indian digital marketers and political activists bypass anti-spam restrictions set up by the world’s most popular messaging app, Reuters has found.
  • WhatsApp declined a Reuters request to allow testing such tools for reporting this story.
  • In April, when a Reuters reporter responded to a text message with an “Election Special” offer of sending 1,00,000 ”bulk WhatsApp” messages for ₹7,999 rupees, he was invited to an office in a dusty industrial area of Noida in northern Uttar Pradesh state.