WhatsApp needs to do more to curb fake news and rumours, say experts

NEW DELHI: WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook are having a tough time battling fake news on the platform and now the messaging platform is taking some outside help.

The measures were listed in a letter written in response to a government missive expressing "deep disapproval" about WhatsApp's inability to prevent the spread of "irresponsible and explosive material".

Fake videos and rumours of child-lifting circulated via WhatsApp have triggered lynchings in at least eight states.

WhatsApp is offering researchers up to USD 50,000 in grants to study fake news on the platform and also find ways to detect problematic content, Engadget reported.

However, amidst the whole process of analysing content, WhatsApp won't provide any data and all study results will be owners by the researchers.


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