STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Lok Sabha elections 2019: WhatsApp unveils 'Checkpoint Tipline' feature to tackle fake news

The new initiative by WhatsApp comes a day after its owner Facebook deleted a large number of accounts and pages linked to political parties for spreading misinformation.

Published: 02nd April 2019 12:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd April 2019 10:52 AM   |  A+A-

WhatsApp

For representational purposes (File Photo | Reuters)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: To curb fake news and rumours on its platform ahead of general elections, WhatsApp on Tuesday launched ‘Checkpoint Tipline’, a service for Indian users to check the authenticity of information.

“Starting today (Tuesday), people in India can submit uncertain information or rumors they have received to the Checkpoint Tipline on WhatsApp +91-9643-000-888,” WhatsApp said in a statement.

Checkpoint Tipline, which is launched by a local media skilling start-up, PROTO, can receive suspicious messages from users in the form of images and videos, as well as text in English and four regional languages — Hindi, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam — to verify them.

FOLLOW OUR ELECTION COVERAGE HERE

PROTO’S verification centre will then respond to say whether the information is true, false, misleading, disputed or out of scope and include any other related information that is available.

The new initiative by WhatsApp comes a day after its owner Facebook deleted a large number of accounts and pages linked to political parties for spreading misinformation.

WhatsApp, which has over 200 million users in India, has been facing bitter criticism over its platform being used to spread misinformation, particularly during sensitive events such as elections.

The government and election commission have recently asked the messaging platform to increase transparency of its working and take serious actions, so that it does not play any role in influencing the outcome of general elections.

“The goal of this project is to study the misinformation phenomenon at scale — natively in WhatsApp. As more data flows in, we will be able to identify the most susceptible or affected issues, locations, languages, regions and more. The verification reports we send back will encourage our grassroots-level “listening posts” to send more signals for analysis,” PROTO founders Ritvvij Parrikh and Nasr ul Hadi said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp