Recently WhatsApp has been under fire for the spread of fake news crisis. In an attempt to repair the damages done WhatsApp is trying hard to solve the fake news crisis, especially in India. It has The company has instructed by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEITY) to fix the fake news problem. In response to this WhatsApp has quickly reacted by and added features like forwarding label, Suspicious link detection, etc. curb spread of fake news.
Though it looks like the measures were not good enough, there is yet another step being taken in this direction. WhatsApp will not be setting up a dedicated team to fight fake news in India.
In a statement, WhatsApp said it will strive to support its users in India and continue to invest in the country. It will be its top priority to hire a local leader who can build a team on the ground. Further, Whatsapp said it has already implemented significant product changes to help slow the spread of misinformation and are working to educate people on how to spot fake news.
Earlier WhatsApp was blamed for the violent incidents caused across the country due to the fake news by MEITY.
It is important to bring traceability and accountability when a provocative or inflammatory message is detected and a request is made by law enforcement agencies.
The responsibility and accountability of a media such as WhatsApp or anyone else can’t be ignored, when rumors and fake news get propagated by mischief mongers.
The MEITY has warned WhatsApp that if they don’t take necessary action, then they would be treated as guilty and thereafter face consequent legal action. The recent developments in the WhatsApp camp surely seems a right move to curb the spread of fake news.