Pakistan: WhatsApp launches campaign to dispel fake news before polls

Pakistan: WhatsApp launches campaign to dispel fake news before polls

Popular instant service has launched a public awareness campaign in to tackle the spread of false information ahead of the July 25 in the country, according to a media report.

The Facebook-owned application has rolled out several easy tips to identify fake news, the Express Tribune reported today.

The company asked people to look out for messages that appear different and hard to believe and also check photos in messages carefully.

“It’s usually a sign that something is wrong if there are spelling mistakes or unusual characters…Stories that are hard to believe are mostly untrue…Look at other websites and apps to see if the story is being reported elsewhere,” it said, adding that photos and videos can easily be edited to mislead people.

The campaign, Together we can fight false information’, was recently advertised by the company in an English daily.

“To fight we all need to work together companies, the government and community groups. If you see something that’s not true, make people aware and help stop the spread,it said.

Earlier this month, had disabled numerous accounts and pages of the Islamist Milli (MML), the political outfit launched by terror attack mastermind Jamaat-ud-Dawa, to make sure that the supports positive discourse and prevents interference in the upcoming elections in Pakistan, India, Brazil, and other countries.

officials had also contacted the (ECP) and offered help to local authorities to identify and remove fake pages of different political parties ahead of the polls. (Agencies)

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