WhatsApp is now assembling a Fake News Task Force

WhatsApp is now assembling a Fake News Task Force
WhatsApp’s problems with fake news in India continue and the company announced the latest measure to fight the spreading of misinformation in the country. After newspaper ads and functionality changes, now WhatsApp is creating a team dedicated to fight fake news in India.

You might be wondering why the company is going the extra mile to combat this problem? It’s mostly because India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT warned the developer that unless sufficient measures are taken, WhatsApp will be held accountable for any injuries or deaths, resulting from false information spread through the app. In the last year alone, more than 30 people were killed as a result of fake news shared through WhatsApp.

India’s government wants WhatsApp to provide information about suspicious users upon request from authorities. Not wanting to compromise user privacy, executives at the company are trying to find other ways to crack down the troublesome activity.

In a statement, the company said they are looking for “a local leader” to pick the members of the new team that will work “on the ground”. How exactly an “on the ground” team will make a difference in a country the size of India is hard to imagine, but we’re sure WhatsApp has put more thought to it than us.

How big will this new team be, and will they be successful in their mission, only time will tell.

via: MSPowerUser

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3 Comments

1. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

Whatsapp/Facebook having to deal with the fake news and therefore killings of people? I strongly suggest India as a country deals with their people and how they are being handled to avoid killings! These fake news could spread also via other apps!

2. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Mostly this fake news are spread by the people of ruling party for deviding people of different religions and they finght eachother so they get advantage in next elections in 2019.

3. Shazam777

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 08, 2018

Lmao how the hell can India blame WhatsApp for the deaths of some idiots believing in fake news? Aren't people responsible for not doing stupid s**t to themselves anymore?

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