WhatApp launches ‘Check it before you share it’ to curb spread misinformation
The aim is to promote behaviour that urges users to collect more information before forwarding it.
WhatsApp is further tightening the security around forwarding of fake news or information to others during the time of Covid-19 pandemic. The instant messenger by Facebook has introduced ‘Check it before you share it', which reminds users to double check facts before forwarding.
"WhatsApp takes the safety of its users very seriously. People across the country are relying on WhatsApp to talk to their loved ones, doctors, teachers and businesses during this challenging time. Our priority is to empower people to directly connect with health officials and government agencies to rely on these credible sources to receive verified updates during the pandemic. This campaign helps convey our collective responsibility and the need to always verify before sharing information.” said Shivnath Thukral, India Head of Public Policy for WhatsApp.
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The aim of the campaign is to essentially promote the behaviour that urges users to get more information about the messages that they receive from others. It also encourages them to reach out to the MyGov helpline to receive important updates or search for related news on the web before forwarding it to others.
"WhatsApp has taken proactive steps to support MyGov in its endeavour to ensure that people have access to accurate and verified information. Through partnerships with various stakeholders and institutions, together we are making credible information available to everyone. We can all play a part in flattening the misinformation curve, and it all starts with being mindful of the information we choose to share with our communities and loved ones. Right information about Dos and Don'ts also helps in driving behavioral change, so very vital in dealing with this pandemic. We urge people to rely on the MyGov helpline and reach out for timely and reliable health information.” said Abhishek Singh, CEO MyGov and President & CEO, National e-Governance Division.
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This announcement comes weeks after the company introduced the MyGov helpline (+919013151515) that helps users get details on certain information before forwarding it.
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