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WhatsApp launches new fact-checking feature

New Delhi | Updated on April 02, 2019 Published on April 02, 2019

WhatsApp has launched a new feature called Tip Line, with which users can share rumours or unverified information and check on their authenticity. Users need to send such information to a number on WhatsApp (+91-9643000888).

This feature is being launched in collaboration with PROTO, a skilling start-up. The shared information will be verified by PROTO’s verification centre and the response will indicate if the shared information is true, false, misleading, disputed or out of scope. It will also review information in pictures or video links and is available in four regional languages — Hindi, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam — in addition to English.

Dig Deeper Media and Meedan, who have previously worked on misinformation-related projects globally, are helping PROTO develop verification and research frameworks for India, a statement from WhatsApp said.

Published on April 02, 2019
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