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WhatsApp creates “Tipline” to curb Indian fake news epidemic

by Futures Centre, Apr 11
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WhatsApp introduces “Checkpoint Tipline “, a number for citizens to check on the autheticity of circulating information and submit misinformation. As elections open in the world’s largest democracy, a new partnership aims to tackle the influence of fake news social media and voters. A recent study found that fifty percent of voters had been exposed to fake news and Whatapp is the main faciliator. In response, Whatsapp has teamed up with the Indian startup PROTO to collect fake news and study the misinformation to inform users of the validity of the claims. Attention was brought to the subject after a series of lynching last year, triggered by rumours that were circulated through WhatsApp.

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