WhatsApp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election

WhatsApp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election

  • WhatsApp launched a hotline Tuesday (Apr 2) allowing Indians to flag rumours circulating ahead of the upcoming election, a major concern in a country where fake news has fuelled violence.
  • It comes a day after WhatsApp's parent company Facebook removed hundreds of pages promoting India's ruling and opposition parties for violating rules around spam and "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" online.
  • It follows a major purge of Facebook accounts on Monday by the social media giant, with hundreds of political pages spamming content supportive of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress movement taken down.
  • The company based in Modi's home state of Gujarat developed the premier's personal mobile app and other government projects, Indian media reported.


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