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.

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