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"What's that has one point, five billion users worldwide, two hundred million of them a here in India, and that number is increasing every day. I've come to meet the economists us what each who believes that WhatsApp is having a huge impact in rural India. Maybe something they were doing wrong, maybe they get from what have certain messages that, okay, you do farming in this way. Maybe it's going to help you are productivity might increase. I mean, the digitalization has made people more aware of things we never knew before and when you go to rural India, now you see lots of people just about everybody with a small. They have access to the internet. I've seen them, they using WhatsApp solve. It's catching up and then you have your own smartphone in your hand, and you have the, I mean the information coming to you on WhatsApp and you're reading it. I mean, the farmers themselves getting involved in this process. And in that, I mean you have a social capital being formed because of this type of social networking. Message is warning of child, kidnapping gangs have been going viral over what's that consensus over the speed in which one Sam can spread information. That'd been many headlines like this over the past few weeks in India, fake stories of groups. Targeting children for kidnappings have led to lynchings in different parts of this country. That's led to calls for the thirties to clamp down on what's app Sunday pros, one of India's leading columnists the receiver of the message. You have a responsibility and Indians have been very light about abdicating responsibility saying that, oh, this is just four voted as received as if they have no role in deciding whether this is true or not. In Bengal. There have been some instances where people accused of Morphing photographs and sending them out on what's up have been pulled up by the police, but I don't see it happening in a larger scale around the country. The truth is that in spite of those can sense, WhatsApp is getting more and more popular. I've come to a t. stole full of young business men and women. What do they make it is our Goto communication tool. We don't use anything else, writing people who are not educated and they can handle meals, but with what they can take pictures and send it. I employ a lot of people who use what's happening to do lot of work, which probably they Kuntar John too. Very good way to connect and it's deep. It's really. How much do you use it? Almost all the time. And that's why what's app is so popular, the young head love it. So if he coming to do business in this country, make sure you download that app on your phone. Rojo standing there on India's WhatsApp, boom. So consumers picking up on how cheap the platform is. If you've some kind of data connection, it's instant and there is no charge for messaging. Plus you can form large chat groups on it, but not everyone's happy about this new form of communication. Uganda's government alarmed by what it describes as the spread of false gossip has introduced a new tax on all social media platforms. The executive director of the Uganda Communications Commission. Jeffrey Mattew Bazi says, it's only right that this American based platform should be taxed in countries like you Ganda, whereas generating its prophets. That we must also been using new technology with connote weighed on invited does that Jeffrey metropolitan that for the cannon government while on a trip to the country's capital Kampala last week, I for myself had some of the reaction to this social media tax introduced the start of July. It also affects Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter uses by the way. I'm in the middle of Kampala. Now playschool we market is one of the biggest markets in the city food markets, all kinds of vegetables, tomatoes, onions, cassava, melons. I can see Aram massive pile bananas ripening in the sun. The government is introducing new taxes on the use of social media. Things like Facebook and what's up basic communication tools for many ordinary Ugandans. You'd have to pay two hundred shillings. She's about five US sense for every single day that you use these social media so you, what are you selling here?."