WhatsApp fights fake news with Indian newspaper ads



A vendor in New Delhi, India, reads a newspaper with a full back page advertisement from WhatsApp intended to counter fake information on Tuesday.

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WhatsApp took out newspaper ads to combat fake news in India on Tuesday, after rumors sparked the lynching of five men.

The full-page ads, which ran in English, Hindi and other languages in daily papers, include tips for spotting fake news messages on WhatsApp.

Readers are advised to check if a message has been forwarded — WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature to help people identify forwarded messages. Beyond that, the ad urges readers to double check facts, links and photos. There’s also a warning about viral messages.

“Do not pay attention to the number of times you receive the message,”…

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