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Whatsapp to introduce new tool to address fake news

Facebook Inc.'s WhatsApp messaging platform on Tuesday published advertisements in key Indian newspapers to tackle the spread of misinformation, its first such effort to combat a flurry of fake messages that prompted mob lynchings. Apart from English readers, WhatsApp will also cater regional dailies across India (such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and other states) where fake news circulation has been spreading like a wildfire. The good thing is the app analyzes the link "locally" which means WhatsApp does not transmit any data to server ensuring that company takes care of the encryption of the messages.

The newest version of WhatsApp includes the feature, which marks forwarded messages in subtle but still hard to miss italicized text above the content of a message.

WhatsApp also reminded its users that fake news "often" goes viral and just because "a message is shared many times, does not make it true".

"The advertisement read", Together we can fight false information". In recent times, there has been a spurt of mob violence in various parts of India, induced by fake messages passed on through WhatsApp. And to help users spot when a message has been forwarded, rather than written directly by a friend, the company is now introducing a new feature to WhatsApp app users globally.




WhatsApp new suspicious link feature will automatically check the authenticity of the website links being shared.

India is WhatsApp's largest market, with an estimated 200 million users sending a billion encrypted messages each day.

Today WhatsApp added a new feature that it hopes will stem the spread of misinformation on the private messaging app. If the person identifies and you wish to add to your contacts that is also feasible. The feature is now in testing phase and might be rolled out soon to beta users before a wider release. It suggests ways to distinguish forwarded messages from original ones and then "question the information that upsets you". "People have to be told again and again and again", says Pratik Sinha who runs a fact checking website called Alt News and hopes that the social media giant will run a sustained campaign.

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