The Hindu Business Line
WhatsApp rolls out fact-checking feature
WhatsApp has launched a new feature — Tip Line — using which one can check the authenticity of news or unverified information.
Users need to send the information that they want to check to the number +919643000888 on WhatsApp.
The feature is being launched in collaboration with PROTO, a skilling startup.
The shared information will be checked by PROTO’s verification centre.
The response will then indicate if the information is true, false, misleading, disputed or out of scope.
It will also review information in pictures or video links. The service is available in four regional languages — Hindi, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam — in addition to English.
Dig Deeper Media and Meedan, which have worked on misinformation-related projects globally, are helping PROTO develop verification and research frameworks for India, a statement from WhatsApp said.