In full-page ad, WhatsApp urges users in India to fight fake news

11 July, 2018, 04:48 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • The new feature will help users identify suspicious links shared within the platform

WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook, has 200 million users in India alone and has made a decision to use a variety of mediums to spread awareness about fake news.

Will this feature also detect fake news websites that try to make money off a legitimate news source? The Suspicious Link Detection feature is reportedly in its testing stage.

WhatsApp also reminded its users that fake news "often" goes viral and just because "a message is shared many times, does not make it true".

India has witnessed several lynching cases triggered by fake messages circulated on WhatsApp.

Do you think this step taken by WhatsApp will help in solving the problems of lynching across the country?

Starting this week, we're rolling out a new feature that lets you see which messages have been forwarded.

George Clooney reported hurt in motorcycle crash in Italy
Calls and emails to Clooney's spokesman in regards to the accident weren't immediately returned, according to Associated Press. The A-list couple are believed to have brought their parents to the island to help care for the children while George works.

Experts said the that the need to curb fake news has also assumed urgency ahead of India's general elections scheduled for next year - WhatsApp has become the favored medium for political parties to target voters. As per the report, when you receive a message that contains a link, WhatsApp analyses the link in order to detect if it may redirect to a fake or alternative website. The ads will run in both English and Hindi and appear in national and regional newspapers around the country. "We will build on these efforts", outlines the news advertisement.

The newest version of WhatsApp includes the feature, which marks forwarded messages in subtle but still hard to miss italicized text above the content of a message.

There will be a menu option of Send Messages under the Group Settings, which has two options: "Only Admins" and "All Participants". Misinformation spread through the app has been linked to the mob killing of multiple men who were targeted by false rumors accusing them of kidnapping children.

WhatsApp is taking steps to put a stop to spam circulation on its platform.

With India being its biggest market with over 200 million users, the Facebook Inc-owned messenger service had asserted that it responds to "valid" law enforcement requests in investigating crimes.

Recommended:

  • Croatia qualify at expense of hosts Russian Federation

    Croatia qualify at expense of hosts Russian Federation

    When they face England, both sides will already know whether France or Belgium have reached the final. "We think it worked well". This World Cup has seen unexpected teams taking their position in the semi-finals with their determination and skill.
    Is Ferrari Sabotaging Mercedes in Formula 1?

    Is Ferrari Sabotaging Mercedes in Formula 1?

    Bottas again led from the second restart however his older, harder tyres made it difficult to hold back Vettel. Bottas was fourth with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fifth and Nico Hulkenberg sixth for Renault.
    Trump’s ex-chauffeur sues in NY  for unpaid wages

    Trump’s ex-chauffeur sues in NY for unpaid wages

    The lawsuit also alleges that Cintron has not received a raise since 2010, when his salary was raised from $68,000 to $75,000. While the suit doesn't name Trump personally as a defendant, it accuses him of "callousness and cupidity".
  • Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

    Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

    The 28-year-old Nishikori is the first Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1995. If his big serve - which has blasted 96 aces in four matches - kicks in, Federer could be in trouble.
    Trump legal adviser talks up Kavanaugh and Barrett for Supreme Court

    Trump legal adviser talks up Kavanaugh and Barrett for Supreme Court

    During her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett was questioned about her religious beliefs. They'll target three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch and who are running for re-election in states that Pres.
    5 things to know about Amazon Prime day

    5 things to know about Amazon Prime day

    Amazon's Prime Day sale is back with the online retailer boasting this year will be bigger and better than ever. And if you cancel your subscription when the 90 days are up, you don't have to pay a single penny more.
  • Netflix Launches Smart Downloads Feature, Coming Soon to iOS

    Netflix Launches Smart Downloads Feature, Coming Soon to iOS

    We spoke to Cameron Johnson, Director of Product Innovation at Netflix to get an idea of why this is the case. For example, let's say you've downloaded the first three episodes of the first season of One Day at a Time.
    Ghanaians react to Russia's shootout defeat to Croatia

    Ghanaians react to Russia's shootout defeat to Croatia

    Croatia will square off with England in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night. It is only the second time that Croatia have reached the World Cup semi-finals.
    Record-breaking heat wave kills 33 people in Quebec

    Record-breaking heat wave kills 33 people in Quebec

    Environment Canada lifted heat warnings Friday, despite expectations that temperatures will once again rise early next week. Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said none of the deaths in Quebec took place in public health institutions.
  • 200+ Cases Of Infections Following Parasites In Del Monte Vegetables — CDC

    200+ Cases Of Infections Following Parasites In Del Monte Vegetables — CDC

    Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. The FDA has not yet identified ingredients linked to the outbreak, saying only that each component is under investigation.

    Johnny Depp sued for allegedly attacking crew member of movie set

    When Rocky didn't react, Depp screamed, "I will give you $100,000 to punch me in the face right now". When he allegedly declined, he says his services were terminated immediately.
    Thai cave rescue: Day three of operation begins

    Thai cave rescue: Day three of operation begins

    Four ambulances and a convoy of other vehicles arrived at the cave site Tuesday morning (local time) as rains hit the region. Monday's rescue effort took about nine hours, two fewer than the day before, in a sign of growing confidence and expertise.


Popular

United States steps up China trade spat with $200bn new tariffs
The tariffs could take effect after public consultations end on August 30, according to a statement from the U.S. China has vowed to retaliate dollar-for-dollar to any further USA tariffs.

Carmelo Anthony met with Rockets, Heat
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has re-signed free agent guard/forward Gerald Green . Last season, his first with the OKC Thunder, Anthony averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Trump set to announce hotly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court pick
Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states. He holds numerous same values as Justice Neil Gorsuch , who was also appointed to the Supreme Court by President Trump.

Playing for Real Madrid is everyone's dream, says Hazard
Modric, however, hopes - and thinks - that the 33-year-old will end up staying with the Spanish giants. After Real Madrid's victory on the night, Ronaldo hints towards a Real Madrid exit.

Thai Cave Rescue: Divers Make Final Push to Save Remaining Boys, Coach
On Sunday, officials waited until several hours after the rescued boys had been transported to hospitals to announce their rescue. Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue operation, said a team of divers went back into the cave Monday morning, local time.

Croatia identify England danger man for semi-final
Kane scored twice in the opening game against Tunisia, including a last-minute victor , and a hat-trick in the rout of Panama. I think we can do it. "It's always nice to get praise".

Antonio Conte returns for Chelsea training amid job uncertainty
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte returned to pre-season training on Saturday, despite speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are yet to sign off on Gianfranco Zola returning to the club as Maurizio Sarri's No2.

'We were fantastic' - Kane buzzing to lead England into semi-final
Beckham kept updating his Instagram story throughout the game, referencing his wager and calling on England to win. After England's entry into the semis, Beckham posted on Instagram his own version of " it's coming home ".

'Ant-Man & the Wasp' Dominates Weekend Box Office!
Similar to Solo, Infinity War brought in just under $1 million, bringing its domestic box office total to $675 million. I'll probably see it this week, but I don't think Ant-Man and the Wasp comes off as a "must see" Marvel movie.

Trump to Announce His Supreme Court Nominee Tonight
On Monday, Trump phoned retiring Justice Kennedy to inform him that his former law clerk would be nominated to fill his seat. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged issues such as abortion rights and gay rights.