Whatsapp is using a crowd-sourcing method to tackle the spread of fake news during elections in India
Tech companies across the world has been charged with the duty of crippling the distribution of fake news as its effects on the public has no mileage of measurement.
The Facebook-owned messaging app has- in partnership with an Indian Startup developed the tip line, known as Checkpoint. It will be available in English and four local indian languages — Hindi, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam.
"The challenge of viral misinformation requires more collaborative efforts and cannot be solved by any one organization alone," the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
Whatsapp has taken measure in the past to cut the spreading of fake news, they have limited message forwading, banned fake accounts, labelled political pages and automatically deleted fake news. But with the number of customers they have, they may be fighting a loosing battle.
Tech critiques all over the world, however see this collaboration as one that may give their grip on control an exponential increase in strenght.
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