WhatsApp now labels forwarded messages to fight fake news in India

Latest news

    It’s a flimsy effort, but WhatsApp is limited by its platform’s strengths: Since all conversations are encrypted, the service itself can’t monitor message content or track keywords. In other words, it can’t fight fake news like its parent company Facebook by scanning and analyzing public posts for suspicious text and activity.

    View the original article: https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/10/whatsapp-now-labels-forwarded-messages-to-fight-fake-news-in-ind/

    Instead, WhatsApp’s strategy relies on educating its users. “We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded,” the service said in a blog post announcing the new label. It also took out full-page advertisements in several Indian newspapers urging WhatsApp users to be skeptical of messages they receive on the platform. Local authorities had also been using low-tech methods to warn the public about fake news, hiring street performers and ‘rumor busters’ to speak to villages; One of the latter reportedly died at the hands of a mob last month.

    In the same category are

    Amazon’s Part Finder helps you find those weird screws you need Amazon added the feature to its iOS app a couple of weeks back, it confirmed to TechCrunch, but didn't announce Part Finder or even mention it in the ...
    Facebook Page that Called for Mass Shootings at GOP Baseball Practice Deleted Following a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, a Facebook page which called for mass shootings at GOP baseball practices has been deleted. ...
    Facebook can’t decide when a page should be banned Bickert was given an example by Rep. Gaetz (R-FL) about a page on Facebook called "Milkshakes Against the Republican Party," which he said had multipl...
    ‘Alto’s Odyssey’ lands on Android for free next week It worked. Alto's Adventure has been downloaded 36.5 million times on Android, with 647 billion play sessions total, Snowman founder Ryan Cash told E...
    The Masters of the Universe to Congress: We Love Free Speech Executives from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube testified Tuesday in Washington, D.C. before a House Judiciary Committee hearing that their companies s...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.