How to deal with Fake news on WhatsApp

Whatsapp has published full page advertisement in leading newspaper article about how they are going to treat Fake news. Fake news have created a series of beating and lynching people without verifying the facts or source of information. WhatsApp has  urged users to check information before sharing it and cautioned them about the spread of fake news.

To fight fake news in India Facebook-owned WhatsApp launched its “forwards label” in India, a measure it expects will help users identify if a text or a video is not originally composed and forwarded from another user.

In a statement, WhatsApp said that starting today (Tuesday), it will indicate which messages received have been forwarded to the user.

“This extra context will help make one-onone and group chats easier to follow. It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it is originally came from someone else. To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest version of WhatsApp.”

Quoting Wikipedia “ Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headline to increase readership, online sharing, and Internet click revenue. “

Government of India sent out a stern warning to WhatsApp asking the Facebook-owned messaging platform to immediately stop the spread of “irresponsible and explosive messages filled with rumours and provocation” on its platform.

 

WhatsApp fake news
WhatsApp fake news

How you can keep yourself safe from fake forwarded messages:

  • Avoid sending or tapping on the forwarded messages
  • You can block the suspicious message sender, disregard  or delete the message
  • Forward the messages with extra care
  • In case of any suspicious messages report the issue to Whatsapp under Help
  • In Android, just to go Menu Button > Settings > About and Help > Contact Us. In iPhone, go to Settings > About and Help > Contact Us. In the Windows Phone version of WhatsApp, go to More > Settings > About > Support. On Desktop version of WhatsApp, go to Settings > Help > Contact Us.
  • In the Contact Us section, you can always write a detailed message to WhatsApp explaining the problem. There’s also the option of sharing screenshots from any abusive chat.

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