Did Indian Government launch a video conferencing app by the name of Namaste ?

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Information has been doing the rounds that the Indian government is all set to launch a beta version of the video conferencing app ‘Namaste’. Many websites including Firstpost, Gadgets To Use, MenXP and Dailyhunt had published articles stating the same.

 

 

Firstpost

The archived article can be found here.

 

 

Dailyhunt

The archived article can be found here.

 

Gadgets To Use

The archived article can be found here.

 

 

 

 

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Truth

The government has denied having issued or having any association with the video conferencing app ‘Namaste’. The app is owned by Inscripts Pvt Ltd which is a private product company with its headquarters in Mumbai. The news started doing rounds amidst the government’s Digital India initiative that encourages Indians to build their own video conferencing apps at home. However, Namaste is not the site being referenced by the initiative.

The citizen engagement platform of the Government of India took to Twitter to disband any rumours related to the government’s affiliation to the website.

 

The Press Information Bureau (PIB) also tweeted that the news is fake.

 

News platforms  such as The Financial Express and MenXP have also clarified that Namaste is not a government launched website. The article for the same can be found here and here respectively.

Firstpost has since then rectified the article published on the platform and tweeted regarding the mistake, apologising for the same.

 


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Sai Keerthi

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