WhatsApp Current Affairs - 2019

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WhatsApp Launches Tip Line to curb Fake News

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.

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.

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.

Month: Categories: Governance & PoliticsUPSC

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WhatsApp to Work with Nasscom to Impart Digital Literacy

WhatsApp and National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) have decided to work together to impart digital literacy for curbing the menace of fake news before the general elections.

Fake News

Fake News are the stories which appear to be news, spread on the internet or other social media, usually created to influence political views or as a joke.

Imparting Digital literacy to Curb Fake News

  • WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.
  • The training curriculum involves real-world anecdote tools that can be used to verify a forwarded message and actions that users can take including reporting problematic content to fact checkers and other law enforcement agencies will be disseminated in multiple regional languages.
  • The training is aimed at educating people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding.
  • The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation through “each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect.
  • Further to enhance the reach of the campaign volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles.

The initiative is aimed at eliminating the miscreants who entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information through technology platforms like WhatsApp.

Month: Categories: Governance & PoliticsUPSC

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