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WhatsApp looks for middle ground to quell govt's fear on fake news

WhatsApp has partnered Digital Empowerment Foundation to create awareness about the need to verify information


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Kiran RatheeKaran Choudhury New Delhi
With the privacy argument falling flat in the face of extreme pressure from the government which wants to trace the source of fake news, the world’s biggest chat messenger, WhatsApp, is trying to find a middle ground to its demands.  

From training people to spot fake news to running advertisement campaigns creating awareness about the effects of misinformation, Facebook’s chat app, which has over a billion users globally, is trying every way possible to ensure the flow of fake news and messages goes down in the run-up to the 2019 general elections. 

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First Published: Aug 30 2018 | 5:33 AM IST

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