Together we can fight fake information by WhatsApp

Facebook Inc. owned WhatsApp published a full page advertisement in the leading regional news papers in India.
Earlier this month exactly on 10 July 2018 WhatsApp conduct a campaign on this same on leading national dailies. WhatsApp starts an education campaign on “How to spot fake news and rumors”. “Our first step is placing newspaper advertisements in English and Hindi and several other languages. We will build on these efforts.” a WhatsApp spokesman said in a statement.
India is a biggest market of WhatsApp in the world with 200 million users. WhatsApp take this action, days after being reprimanded by the Indian government over the spread of misinformation leading to several lynching deaths across the country.
WhatsApp also presented a 10-step guide to avoid false information. Here are the suggested tips-
1. Understand when a message is forwarded
Starting this week, we’re rolling out a new feature that lets you see which messages have been forwarded. Double check the facts when you’re not sure who wrote the original message.
2. Question information that upsets you
If you read something that makes you angry or afraid, ask whether it was shared to make you feel that way. And if the answer is yes, think twice before sharing it again.
3. Check information that seems unbelievable
Stories that seem hard to believe are often untrue – so check elsewhere to see if they are really true.
4. Look out for messages that look different
Many messages containing hoaxes or fake new have spelling mistakes. Look for these signs so you can check if the information is accurate.
5. Check photos in messages carefully
It is easier to believe photos and videos, but even these can be edited to mislead you. Sometimes the photo is real, but the story around it is not. So look online to see where the photo came from.
6. And check links too
It may look like the link to a well-known website but if there are spelling mistakes or unusual characters, it’s usually a sign something’s wrong.
7. Use other sources
Look at other news websites or apps to see if the story is being reported elsewhere. When a story is reported in multiple places, it’s more likely to be true.
8. Be thoughtful about what you share
If you are not sure of the source or concerned that the information may be untrue, think twice before sharing.
9. You can control what you see
On WhatsApp, you can block any number or leave any group you want. Use these features to keep control of your WhatsApp experience.
10. Fake news often goes viral
Do not pay attention to the number of times to receive the message. Just because a message is shared many times, does not make it true.

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