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BBC India launches interactive election chatbot

Press Trust of India  |  London 

BBC on Tuesday launched an experimental interactive election in Hindi and English on Facebook's platform as part of a series of Indian related content.

"The allows users to interact with the BBC, ask questions and get regular updates as the elections unfold," a BBC statement notes.

The latest development follows the British Broadcasting Corporation's first-ever voice activated interactive bulletin in Hindi. The special election coverage will be available on and allow users across to instruct their to navigate through the according to their interest.

"Elections are the noisiest time in It's important to cut through the noise and help voters make informed decisions," said Rupa Jha, of BBC Indian Languages.

"We have added modern innovations in storytelling to our trademark journalistic rigour in the BBC's election coverage across India," she said.

To access the new interactive bulletin, people will be able open up on their phone or and say "Ok Google, Talk to BBC Elections" or the same phrase in Hindi.

The service will be updated every afternoon and is aimed at giving users the chance to "connect" with BBC election coverage.

Besides the innovations, BBC Reality Check will also have a specific election service in English and six Indian to debunk fake stories and unravel issues at the heart of the debate.

"The BBC Reality Check reports will focus on issues that affect lives and livelihoods in contemporary India, analyse claims by political parties covering a wide range of topics from the economy and social policy to national security," the BBC said.

Indians began voting in a seven-phase from last Thursday, with results set to be announced on May 23.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 20:20 IST