After Lynchings in India, 10 Tips From WhatsApp to Spot Fake News


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Under fire over fake and provocative messages being circulated on its platform, WhatApp, on 10 July, began an awareness campaign to help users identify and prevent the spread of false information, hoax messages and fake news.

With rumours on Whatsapp triggering lynching in parts of the country, the Facebook-owned messaging service brought out full-page advertisement in leading newspapers, first in the series of its user awareness drive, giving “easy tips” to decide if information received is, indeed, true.

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”.

The full-page advertisements splashed across major dailies also nudged users to question information that is meant to instil anger or fear and to think twice before sharing such messages.


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