WhatsApp has over 200 million users in India. The App apart from being reliable has also given rise to fake news circulating through it. There were incidents reported in various places where violence was triggered by the fake messages and news. The violence led to the deaths of 30 people. Finally, the government had to push WhatsApp to take immediate actions to curb the spreading of the fake messages and videos.
WhatsApp has now tied up with the Reliance Jio to spread awareness of false messages. The telecom operator Reliance Jio recently enabled WhatsApp on their cheapest Internet phone which is worth Rs 1500. Jio has about 25 million Jio phone customers and going hand in hand with them would certainly help the WhatsApp to work on its false spreading messages.
All the new Jio phone users will get educational material to identify the forward messages. WhatsApp is working closely with Jio to continue the education campaign for its users.
Whatsapp has already taken some steps to restrict the spreading of rumours through fake messages. the company has also launched Print and radio campaigns to educate users and to introduce the new features. Whatsapp has added some features that limit the forward message and also gives a label as “forwarded”.
The company is also working with Delhi’s Digital Empowerment Foundation which is a nonprofit organization. Together with DEF WhatsApp will spread the digital awareness to curb the spreading of fake messages.
WhatsApp to hire legal head in India
As WhatsApp has already appointed its grievance officer in India, the company is looking forward to hiring a legal head in the country.
The legal head will have the responsibilities of managing the litigation portfolio, intellectual properties, privacy, integrity, and telecommunications. The same person is expected advice the company on compliance, privacy and payment issues.
WhatsApp is planning to launch its payment platform. But due to the compulsion of storing the data in India the company has not yet launched the feature.
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