WhatsApp offers tips to spot fake news after India murders

WhatsApp offers tips to spot fake news after India murders

After witnessing these tragic incidents in India, which is also the second largest market of the Whatsapp users, the Indian government also criticized the company for its role in spreading the false information. The statement states, "WhatsApp is commissioning a competitive set of awards to researchers interested in exploring issues that are related to misinformation on WhatsApp".

We will keep you updated, as receive more information about Whatsapp's anti-fake news and anti-spam initiatives.

The false mesages circulating in India are making people violent.

Reuters reports that the first batch of WhatsApp fake ads are running in "key Indian newspapers", and images posted to Twitter show an English-language full-page advert - so you do have to question who these first ads are really meant to influence.

WhatsApp has alerted people in 10 important points to curb and spot fake news. "We will build on these efforts going forward", a WhatsApp spokesperson said in an emailed response. The steps are being taken after reports of mob lynchings across the country that were triggered by WhatsApp messages being spread maliciously.

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. This time, the platform has received the ability to automatically hide shared media from appearing in your phone gallery. The ...

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Most recently a mob surrounded and killed five men in Maharashtra state denounced as child kidnappers, a pernicious rumor blamed for similar murders in at least 11 Indian states.

"Fake news often goes viral" reads one.

Whatsapp had also told the government that it is "horrified by these awful acts of violence" and its strategy to deal with the situation involves giving people the controls and information they need to stay safe while working pro-actively to prevent misuse of the service.

You can download the latest WhatsApp for Android beta here.

They include a service it is testing only in India that will show users when a message has been forwarded rather than composed by the sender.

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