WhatsApp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election

WhatsApp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election

  • WhatsApp launched a hotline on Tuesday, April 2, allowing Indians to flag rumors circulating ahead of the upcoming election, a major concern in a country where fake news has fuelled violence.
  • WhatsApp restricted message forwarding in India last year and ran newspaper adverts to counter fake news after a spate of mob killings sparked by hoaxes spread on its messaging service.
  • In the lead up to the election, YouTube last month said it would start flagging dubious content in news-related videos in India.


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