Whatsapp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election | Inquirer Technology

Whatsapp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election | Inquirer Technology

  • NEW DELHI - WhatsApp launched a hotline Tuesday allowing Indians to flag rumors circulating ahead of the upcoming election, a major concern in a country where fake news has fueled 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 behavior" 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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