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Whatsapp's Ad on Tips to Battle Fake News

Whatsapp to introduce new tool to address fake news

Facebook's WhatsApp messaging platform published advertisements today in key Indian newspapers to combat the spread of misinformation.

The messaging service, owned by Facebook, took out full-page ads in leading English and Hindi newspapers on Tuesday, giving readers 10 tips to spot messages that might be fake.

Asking users to be thoughtful of what they share, WhatsApp said, "if you read something that makes you angry or afraid, ask whether it was shared to make you feel that way".

Besides, Whatsapp is also introducing a label for forwarded messages, so that the reader is more empowered with the knowledge regarding its authenticity. "If you something that's not true, make people aware and help stop the spread", the ad says. "We will build on these efforts".

With fake news and lynchings more visible than ever, WhatsApp has become a convenient scapegoat for everything that's wrong with the country right now. The new feature is known as Send Messages and it is rolling out to Android, iOS and Windows Phone users across the globe. It will automatically identify whether the link received is suspicious or not.

Whatsapp had also told the government that it is "horrified by these bad acts of violence" and its strategy to deal with the situation involves giving people the controls and information they need to stay safe while working pro-actively to prevent misuse of the service.

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Conveying its deep disapproval to the top brass of WhatsApp, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEITY) stated that the company "cannot evade accountability and responsibility", according to the official statement.

In the wake of ever-increasing incidents of fake news being shared through social media, WhatsApp has come up with a new feature to spare users from malicious messages.

WhatsApp utilized Indian newspapers to tackle the circulation of false information.

Last week, five people were lynched in Dhule district in Maharashtra state on suspicion of them being part of of a gang of child-lifters.

In the light of these events, it is reported that WhatsApp will bring a feature that will help users determine if a message has been forwarded or it has been typed by the sender.

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