A spectator holds a branded T-shirt during a roadshow for Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service. Photo: Bloomberg

How WhatsApp is trying to solve its fake news problem in India, where group messaging has been used to stir deadly mob violence

  • India has more new internet users than anywhere in the world, and traditionally relishes storytelling and gossip
  • Over the next three years, the number of Indians online will increase by more than 58 per cent, to 762 million
Topic |   India

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A spectator holds a branded T-shirt during a roadshow for Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service. Photo: Bloomberg
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Facebook is to roll out its new fake news policies in India, which goes to the polls in April and May. Photo: AFP

Facebook, WhatsApp target fake news for Asia’s election season, but is it too little, too late?

  • The social media giant has election teams working in Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand
  • But with near to a billion people in the region posting every month, some say the genie is already out of the bottle
Topic |   Facebook

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Facebook is to roll out its new fake news policies in India, which goes to the polls in April and May. Photo: AFP
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