By Aditya Kalra and Anuron Kumar Mitra
NEW DELHI/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Facebook executives will field questions from an Indian parliamentary panel on Thursday about the changes to WhatsApp’s privacy, a source said, days after the messaging platform was asked by the country’s technology ministry to withdraw them.
Demand for rival applications such as Signal and Telegram surged on privacy concerns and WhatsApp last week decided to delay the new policy launch to May from February.
Facebook last year invested $5.7 billion in the digital unit of Mukesh Ambani-led conglomerate Reliance Industries, with a big part of that aimed at drawing in ten of millions of traditional shop owners to use digital payments via WhatsApp.
(Reporting by Aditya Kalra in New Delhi and Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)