WhatsApp offers tips to spot fake news after consecutive lynchings over rumours

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WhatsApp offers tips to spot fake news after consecutive lynchings over rumours

WhatsApp, which has more than 200 million users in India, is also rolling out several new features to stop the spread of fake rumors.

In response, WhatsApp had informed the government that fake news, misinformation and hoaxes can be checked by the government, civil society and technology companies "working together".

This follows tests WhatsApp was running back in January when the platform trialed displaying notifications for when a message had been forwarded many times.

A newspaper vendor in New Delhi reads a paper with a full back-page advertisement from WhatsApp meant to counter fake information on July 10, 2018.

The personal nature of the application, end to end encryption and lack of any supervision on content being shared have made it a breeding ground for the spread of fake news and messages. It suggests ways to distinguish forwarded messages from original ones and then "question the information that upsets you". And if the answer is yes, think twice before sharing it again.

WhatsApp is going through a critical phase in India due to the spread of fake news leading to mob lynching.

This photo illustration shows an Indian newspaper vendor reading a newspaper with a full back page advertisement from WhatsApp meant to counter fake information, in New Delhi on July 10, 2018.

"Fake news often goes viral" reads one.

Evidently WhatsApp has made a decision to take that feature forward, at least in India, although how effective a check it will be on technology-accelerated fakes that are likely also fueled by local prejudices remains to be seen. "We will build on these efforts", outlines the news advertisement. This time, the platform has received the ability to automatically hide shared media from appearing in your phone gallery. The ...

A stern statement issued by the electronics and IT ministry late on Tuesday expressed the government's "deep disapproval" to the senior management of WhatsApp over the "irresponsible and explosive messages".

Five people were lynched to death by villagers in Maharashtra's Dhule district after videos of child lifters were actively circulated on a WhatsApp group.

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