The Hindu: WhatsApp uses newspapers to tackle fake news in India

by Yuthika Bhargava

To tackle spread of fake news on its platform, instant messaging application WhatsApp on Tuesday published advertisements in newspapers giving out “easy tips” that can help users decide if “something sent to you on WhatsApp is true.”

“This morning we are starting an education campaign in India on how to spot fake news and rumours. Our first step is placing newspaper advertisements across the country in English, Hindi, and several other languages. We will build on these efforts going forward,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said in an emailed response.

WhatsApp has said that the government and community groups need to work together to deal with fake news technology companies.

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