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WhatsApp builds team to stem fake news

The platform cannot escape its responsibility for such abuse: Government.

New Delhi: WhatsApp has informed the government that it is building a local team, including India head, as part of steps to check fake news circulation but has not met the key demand of identifying message originators, according to official sources.

The popular messaging app is under fire over abuse of its platform for circulation of fake news that have incited mob fury. Information and Technology Ministry official said that WhatsApp has responded to the government last notice, outlining initiatives being taken to curb fake news circulation.

The challenge

  • WhatsApp said it believes the challenge of mob violence requires government, civil society, and technology companies to work together.
  • “It’s why we’ve already made significant product changes to help slow the spread of misinformation and are working to educate people on how to spot fake news,” WhatsApp said.
  • WhatsApp said that its chief operating officer had recently met Indian official.
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