Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has launched a fact-checking tipline for users in India ahead of elections in the country.
The fact-checking service consists of a phone number (+91-9643-000-888) where users can send dubious messages if they think they might not be true or otherwise want them verified.
The messaging giant is working with a local media skilling startup, Proto, to run the fact-checking service — in conjunction with digital strategy consultancy Dig Deeper Media and San Francisco-based Meedan, which builds tools for journalists, to provide the platform for verifying submitted content, per TNW.
We’ve reached out to Proto and WhatsApp with questions.
The Economic Times of India reports that the startup intends to use the submitted messages to build a database to help study misinformation