Washington, July 20 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Thursday attacked the European Union (EU), saying Europe's latest fining of US tech-giant Google showed that the bloc "truly" has "taken advantage of the US".
"The European Union just slapped a Five Billion Dollar fine on one of our great companies, Google," Trump tweeted.
"They truly have taken advantage of the US, but not for long!"
"I told you so!" he added, referring to his earlier harsh remarks toward Brussels over trade deficit and defence spending sharing, Xinhua reported.
The European Commission said on Wednesday that it is set to fine Google 4.3 billion euros (around $5 billion) for monopoly with its Android operating system, accusing it of violating the EU competition rules.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai later challenged the antitrust fine and vowed to appeal the case.
Trump's remarks came before the scheduled visit of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on July 25.
The White House said Trump and Juncker will focus on improving transatlantic trade and forging a stronger economic partnership.
Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Wednesday that he expected Juncker to come with a "significant" free trade offer.
However, Juncker, for his part, told a news conference on the same day that the European Union would not be intimidated on trade, and "we will continue to react tit-for-tat to the provocations that might be thrown at us."
He added that he would seek to explain to Trump that since the European Commission coordinates trade policy for the European Union, Washington could not forge a trade deal with just one of its members.
The US on Monday filed five disputes at the WTO against five trading partners, including the EU, for announcing trade tariffs in retaliation to its own on aluminum and steel imports.
New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Hauled up second time by the government on its failure to check the spread of fake and provocative content on its platform amid growing lynching episodes, the Facebook-owned platform on Friday said it is launching a test to limit message forwarding to five chats that will apply to its users in India.
In its second notice on Thursday, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) took a tough stand, asking WhatsApp to come out with more effective solutions that can bring in accountability and facilitate enforcement of law in addition to their efforts towards labelling forwards and identifying fake news.
"It has been conveyed to them in unmistakable terms that it is a very serious issue which deserves a more sensitive response," MeitY said in the notice.
WhatsApp reacted: "In India, where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world, we'll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once.
"We will also remove the quick forward button next to media messages," WhatsApp said in a statement.
The test, once comes to practice, will curtail WhatsApp's services for over 200 million users in India. Globally, the company allows users to forward messages for up to 20 chats (either individuals or groups).
WhatsApp said that with new changes, which it will continue to evaluate, "will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app".
"We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we'll continue to improve our app with features like this one," it added.
In its first reply to the IT Ministry, WhatsApp said the company is "horrified" by terrible acts of violence.
The IT Ministry had asked WhatsApp to ensure that the platform is not used for malafide activities over the growing instances of lynching of innocent people owing to large number of irresponsible messages filled with rumours being circulated on its platform.
The mobile messiging service listed several measures -- including labelling Forwarding messages -- in its first reply to control the spread of misinformation and abuse on its platform but failed to meet the requirements from the IT Ministry.
Several people have lost their lives in the past one year by lynch mobs after rumours of child lifting triggered via messages on WhatsApp.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the first time admitted in the Lok Sabha on Thursday that fake news on social media has resulted in many mob lynching incidents in the country, saying the government has asked service providers to put a check on rumour mongering on social media.
Expressing concern over the misuse of social media, Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu also asked the government to evolve a national policy after discussing with all stakeholders including political parties to combat the menace.
The Supreme Court also issued 22 guidelines this week for the central and state governments to put an end to "horrendous acts" of vigilantism, lynching and mobocracy and directed them to work in tandem to take "preventive, remedial and punitive measures".