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BuzzFeed News:
PROTO, WhatsApp's Indian partner, says the misinformation “tip line” announced on Tuesday is primarily for research, not to help users who find misinformation   —  One day after WhatsApp launched a tip line to combat misinformation ahead of a general election in India …
Apr 3, 2019, 3:25 PMIn context
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
WhatsApp debuts a fact-checking tip line in India to combat fake news, will work with startup Proto to help review text, photos, links, and video sent by users   —  WhatsApp has launched its next weapon in the fight against misinformation on its platform in India: a tip line to which you can send forwards …
Apr 2, 2019, 7:40 AMIn context
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:
WhatsApp says it bans about 2M fake or abusive accounts each month, 75% of them without manual intervention, 20% of them at the time of registration itself   —  WhatsApp today outlined how it is tackling abuse and spread of false information on its instant messaging platform as its largest market …
Feb 6, 2019, 7:40 AMIn context
Billy Perrigo / TIME:
Researchers say India's political parties are using armies of volunteers to spread misinformation and hate speech via WhatsApp group chats ahead of elections   —  On Monday, in an effort to stop the spread of fake news, WhatsApp announced that users around the world would only be allowed …
Jan 26, 2019, 5:05 AMIn context
Timothy McLaughlin / Wired:
How WhatsApp fuels fake news and violence in India, where a police officer says people can live without oxygen, “but without WhatsApp they will die”   —  BY THE TIME police arrived in the hamlet of Rainpada on July 1, 2018, the village council office was the scene of a massacre.
Dec 15, 2018, 2:00 AMIn context
Ivan Mehta / The Next Web:
WhatsApp to air three commercials in 10 local languages in India on TV, YouTube, and FB, warning against spreading fake news and the need to verify dubious info   —  WhatsApp has faced a lot of criticism for the way it's handled fake news in India.  In its latest move to battle misinformation …
Dec 3, 2018, 4:10 PMIn context
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
As Facebook promotes its “war room” and efforts to fight interference, a study of disinformation on WhatsApp during Brazil's election shows more could be done   —  Corporation shows off room of engineers, data scientists and other experts but offers reporters few new specifics
Oct 18, 2018, 6:50 PMIn context
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

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