WhatsApp, as we all know, has been fighting against misinformation on its platform in India. And now, the messaging service has launched a new tool with which the users can get a particular news verified.
The feature is essentially a tipline, which is live as of today. Interested users can now send over messages to +919643000888, and get the rumors or a news verified. As soon as you send the message, you'll get a response asking if you want it to be verified. You can send '1' to get it verified, and you'll get a response (hopefully in sometime) informing you whether the information is true, false, misleading, disputed, or if it's presently unverifiable.
The tipline will accept text, pictures, links, and even videos in English and other regional languages like Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, and Malayalam.
The tipline, in case you are wondering, is operated by a New Delhi, India-based startup called Proto, in collaboration with Dig Deeper Media, and Meedan. Proto will apparently setup a database of rumors to study the spread of misinformation on the platform, especially during elections.
Obviously, there's no way to tell if/ how well this works. We tried sending a text message, but haven't heard from them yet. Let's hope it gets better over time, and they work on their speed. At the end of the day, the longer it will take to get things verified, the less inclined people might be to check their facts.