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Checkpoint Tipline by Whatsapp

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  1. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  2. Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.

 

Checkpoint Tipline by Whatsapp

 

What to study?

  • For Prelims: Key features and significance of Tipline.
  • For Mains: Fake News- concerns, effects, role of social media platforms and other stakeholders involved.

 

What is it? WhatApp has unveiled a brand new initiative, called Checkpoint Tipline, that will help people verify if any information they receive is true or false.

Launched by PROTO, an India-based media skilling startup, the tipline is basically aimed at creating a database of rumours. The idea is to study misinformation spread ahead of the upcoming elections for Checkpoint, which is a research project commissioned and technically assisted by WhatsApp.

 

How it works?

  1. WhatsApp users can submit all the information received through the messaging platform and that they are uncertain about to the ‘Tipline’ on WhatsApp (+91-9643-000-888).
  2. Following this, PROTO’s verification centre will “seek to respond and inform the user” if the information received is verified or not.
  3. The response will indicate if information is classified as true, false, misleading, disputed or out of scope and include any other related information that is available.
  4. The verification centre, in turn, will be able to review rumors in the form of pictures, video links or text. Apart from English, it will cover four regional languages – Hindi, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam.

 

Significance:

  • This is not the first time the global messaging platform has tried to filter the barrage of information exchanged every day by billions of users. In the aftermath of a series of mob lynching incidents following misinformation spreading on WhatsApp, the company is now taking stringent steps in the lead up to the 2019 general elections in India.
  • It has also undertaken many efforts to battle fake news, including the five-forward limit, social campaigns, and the latest – a ‘Tipline’ for misinformation.

Sources: the hindu.