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Sankalp Phartiyal / Reuters:
A look at an effort by WhatsApp to fight fake news in India in partnership with Jio, using actors who perform skits in the streets   —  JAIPUR, India (Reuters) - On a hot morning in India's tourist mecca of Jaipur, an open truck painted in the signature lime-green colors of Facebook's WhatsApp …
Oct 12, 2018, 7:05 PMIn context
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
A look at rumors and fake information on WhatsApp in Brazil, where nearly all Internet users have accounts and debunked videos still go viral amid the election   —  SÃO PAULO, Brazil — A rumor circulating across WhatsApp this weekend had a warning for supporters of Brazil's far-right …
Oct 9, 2018, 4:15 PMIn context
Komal Gupta / Livemint:
WhatsApp appoints grievance officer to curb fake news in India   —  WhatsApp India's grievance officer, Komal Lahiri, who was appointed last month, will be based in the US  —  New Delhi: Facebook Inc.-owned messaging service WhatsApp has appointed a grievance officer for India …
Sep 24, 2018, 4:50 AMIn context
PTI:
WhatsApp rolls out radio campaigns across 46 Hindi stations in India asking users to check the veracity of the information they receive before forwarding   —  NEW DELHI: In a bid to crackdown on spread of fake news on its platform, WhatsApp on Wednesday said it is rolling …
Aug 31, 2018, 9:36 AMIn context
Soutik Biswas / BBC:
To combat fake news on WhatsApp, the South Indian state of Kerala is running 40-minute classes in 150 schools to educate kids in spotting viral hoaxes   —  Mobs have lynched at least 25 people across India after reading false rumours spread on WhatsApp.  Now the authorities in one Indian state …
Aug 20, 2018, 10:35 PMIn context
Venkat Ananth / The Economic Times:
How WhatsApp is trying to use machine learning and metadata to detect organized spammers and fake users as it battles against fake news   —  On Friday, when WhatsApp announced that it would pilot a ‘five media-based forwards limit’ in India, the government came up with an unequivocal reminder.
Jul 24, 2018, 6:40 AMIn context
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
WhatsApp to test limiting the forwarding of messages to 20 chats globally and 5 chats in India in a bid to stop the spread of fake news   —  The social messaging service has been blamed for its role in spreading dangerous and inaccurate information.  —  Facebook-owned WhatsApp is making changes …
Jul 20, 2018, 12:18 AMIn context
Jagmeet Singh / NDTV Gadgets 360:
To combat the spread of fake news on its app, WhatsApp is rolling out “Forwarded” label to indicate when messages have been forwarded to users   —  WhatsApp has started rolling out a feature that will indicate to users which messages they receive were forwarded by as is the sender.
Jul 10, 2018, 2:15 PMIn context
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
A look at changes WhatsApp can make to curb misinformation after violence in India, including making messages private by default and forwarding only by consent   —  With over 200 million users in India, WhatsApp has a massive Fake News and misinformation problem.
Jul 4, 2018, 2:50 AMIn context
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Mob lynchings fueled by WhatsApp messages continue to sweep India as authorities struggle to combat fake news; five were killed by a rumor-driven mob on Sunday   —  NEW DELHI — Five people were killed by a mob in India on Sunday after rumors spread on social media that they were child traffickers …
Jul 2, 2018, 3:30 PMIn context

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