WhatsApp says its fake news tip line is just for research


Earlier this week, WhatsApp announced that it’s launching a tip line in India to verify messages during the election. But as it turns out, the new service is not exactly a hotline for debunking fake news – but rather a tool for researching misleading information shared on the platform. As spotted by BuzzFeed News, an FAQ on Pronto’s – WhatsApp‘s partner for this project – website suggests it’s just meant for research purposes. According to the FAQ, this the project aims to study the misinformation phenomenon at scale during the Indian election: The Checkpoint tipline is primarily used to gather data…

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