Expert On WhatsApp Launches Factcheck Feature Aimed At Viral Messages

WhatsApp has introduced a feature allowing users to check the contents of viral messages in the latest move to root out disinformation and fake news being spread on the Facebook-owned service. The feature, which is being piloted in six countries including the UK from Tuesday, allows users to perform a Google search on content they have been forwarded to factcheck claims and information.

Experts Comments

August 05, 2020
Chad Anderson
Research Engineer
DomainTools
This is an extremely encouraging development for a company mired by accusations that they have facilitated fake news in developing economies. WhatsApp has an estimated 1.5 billion monthly users, and in developing democracies such as India where WhatsApp counts 200m user base, it has become a substitute of town-square talk. Users in India would have their ‘family’ and ‘friends’ chat groups, but often also use third-party apps to find and join WhatsApp groups aligned with their political.....Read More
This is an extremely encouraging development for a company mired by accusations that they have facilitated fake news in developing economies. WhatsApp has an estimated 1.5 billion monthly users, and in developing democracies such as India where WhatsApp counts 200m user base, it has become a substitute of town-square talk. Users in India would have their ‘family’ and ‘friends’ chat groups, but often also use third-party apps to find and join WhatsApp groups aligned with their political views. For a feature such as this to be introduced is a big blow to those who would seek to subvert democracy by peddling disinformation.  Read Less
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