WhatsApp launches new feature “Tip Line” to keep watch on fake content

Amid the rising heat of Lok Sabha elections in the country, WhatsApp has launched a new feature called Tip Line, with which users can share rumors or unverified information and check on their authenticity.

This feature is being launched in collaboration with PROTO, a skilling start-up.

How to use Tip Line?

To use WhatsApp Tip Line, users need to send such information to a number on WhatsApp (+91-9643000888). The shared information will be verified by PROTO’s verification center and the response will indicate if the shared information is true, false, misleading, disputed or out of scope.

It will also review information in pictures or video links and is available in four regional languages — Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, and Malayalam — in addition to English.

Dig Deeper Media and Meedan, who have previously 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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