WhatsApp launches"Tip Line" to combat Fake News

Published on April 04, 2019
Social Media Platform WhatsApp has launched an India-focused fact-checking feature to combat fake news and rumours starting with the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.

WhatsApp launches"Tip Line" to combat Fake News

Curbing Fake News:

  • Users can check the authenticity of the information or rumours received on the platform by reporting the forward to the WhatsApp number +91-9643-000-888
  • The response will indicate if the information is classified as 'true', 'false', 'misleading', 'disputed' or 'out of scope', and include any other related information.
  • Pictures, video links or texts in Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam and English will be reviewed by WhatsApp.
  • This tip line feature has been developed by WhatsApp in collaboration with India-based media skilling startup PROTO.
  • The tip line feature will help to create a database of rumours to study misinformation during elections as part of a research project commissioned and assisted by WhatsApp.

Interesting to know:

  • As more data flows in, WhatsApp will be able to identify the most susceptible or affected issues, locations, languages, regions, etc.
  • The verification reports Whatsapp sends back will encourage the users to send more signals for analysis.

Question:

Q. Which Social Media Platform has launched an India-focused fact-checking feature to combat fake news and rumours starting with the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections?

  1. Twitter
  2. Facebook
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Instagram
Answer to the above Question is "3"

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