In a bid to fight misinformation and Fake News on the platform, WhatsApp has launched a new tip line in collaboration with PROTO, an India-based media skilling startup. The tip line number +91-9643-000-888 can be added by WhatsApp users and can be used to verify text messages, videos and photos circulating on the platform with regards to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The election period is a crucial time in a country and political parties circulate propaganda through various means on popular messaging services like WhatsApp. Users may receive false news and forwarded messages that are intended to harm campaigns or malign contenders. To make it easier for WhatsApp users to sift through misinformation, the platform has partnered with PROTO for a new tip line. PROTO will use texts, images and videos reported by users on the tip line to create a database of rumors and study misinformation during elections for Checkpoint - a research project commissioned and technically assisted by WhatsApp.
”When a WhatsApp user shares a suspicious message with the tipline, PROTO’s verification center will seek to respond and inform the user if the claim made in message shared is verified or not. The response will indicate if information is classified as true, false, misleading, disputed or out of scope and include any other related information that is available,” WhatsApp writes in a blog post.
The WhatsApp election tip line service will cover four regional languages including Hindi, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam, other than English. “PROTO will also encourage grassroots organizations to submit rumors circulating across different regions in India during the election period,” said the Facebook-owned platform.
Source - Digit