[smc-discuss] WhatsApp and mental torture in school communities

Nandakumar Edamana nandakumar at nandakumar.co.in
Sat Jun 6 22:37:46 PDT 2020

Mr. Anvar Sadath, CEO, KITE was kind enough to talk with me over phone
and assured that high-level orders never endorse WhatsApp. They say
'social media' and that gets translated to 'WhatsApp' in the lower
levels. Any school and teacher is free to use whatever libre platform
they want, and KITE will promote such activities. However, the sad thing
is, they don't plan to speak against WhatsApp exclusively. So there is
still a point in building a collective.

On 06/06/20 5:27 pm, Nandakumar Edamana wrote:
> School communities are forcing WhatsApp on people who do not want to use
> it, and the whole move to free software is being hijacked by the overuse
> and mandating of WhatsApp in school communities. Anyone in this list
> knows how bad a reputation Facebook has, especially after the Cambridge
> Analytica issue. Why can't they promote better alternatives like Signal
> ('better' based on our current understanding). Besides, there are some
> people who don't like to use high-end technology at all, the ones like
> my mother. I've personally witnessed she being mentally tortured to buy
> a smart phone and install WhatsApp, which, she'd managed to resist.
> Of course the school community should embrace advancements, but only if
> they aren't harmful. Better, they should promote libre alternatives and
> provide options so that everybody can participate.
Nandakumar Edamana

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