WhatsApp introduces “Checkpoint TipLine” Feature to Curb Fake News

The Facebook-owned company, WhatsApp, unveiled a brand new initiative, called Checkpoint Tipline, that will help people verify if any information they receive is true or false. With this feature users can check the authenticity of information received as the messaging giant looks to crack down on fake news ahead of the general election in the country.

“Launched by PROTO, an India-based media skilling startup, this tipline will help create a database of rumours to study misinformation during elections for Checkpoint – a research project commissioned and technically assisted by WhatsApp,” the Facebook-owned company said in a statement.

The statement also added that people in India can submit misinformation or rumours they receive to the Checkpoint Tipline on WhatsApp (+91-9643-000-888). Following this, PROTO’s verification centre will “seek to respond and inform the user” if the information received 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 said.

This feature works once a WhatsApp user shares a suspicious message with the tipline, PROTO’s verification centre will seek to respond and inform the user if the claim made in the message shared is verified or not. Following the project, PROTO also plans to submit learnings to the International Center for Journalists to help other organisations learn from the design and operations of this project.

 

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