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WhatsApp, NASSCOM Foundation partner to fight fake news before elections

WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation has partnered to deliver digital literacy training to curb fake news, propaganda and misinformation menace before Lok Sabha Elections 2019

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

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WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned instant messaging platform, has partnered with the social arm of Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) to deliver Aiming to curb fake news, propaganda and misinformation menace on its platform, the training is estimated to reach approximately 1,00,000 people before the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

“We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” said Abhijit Bose, Head of India,

The first batch of training is scheduled to start from March 27 in Delhi, followed by workshops for representatives from rural and urban locations, and roadshows and interactions in various colleges. NASSCOM Foundation, on its part, will provide volunteers to be trained, who would later share their learning with at least three more people, fulfilling the mandate of ‘Each One Teach Three’ campaign. These volunteers will also post their takeaways from workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of their learnings.

The training module is co-created to include real-world anecdotes, tools that can be used to verify a forward and actions users can take such as reporting misinformed content to fact checkers and Law Enforcement. The curriculum will be disseminated in multiple regional languages.

“The use of technology platforms like are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information. Through this partnership with WhatsApp, we hope to enable all of India’s connected citizens to identify a piece of probable fake information while also sensitising them on the possible impact of its further amplification,” said Ashok Pamidi, CEO,

Aspiring volunteers can register at to attend the training.

First Published: Mon, March 18 2019. 13:12 IST