This is the way to identify fake news on WhatsApp

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WhatsApp is also used to spread fake news and misinformation. However, WhatsApp is claiming to have implemented a list of features to stop the circulation of fake news. WhatsApp users receive unverified information every day. In such a situation, it is important to know how you can verify the information received on WhatsApp. In view of the Russia-Ukraine war, recently completed assembly elections of 5 states and various political-social aspects, it becomes relevant to verify the unverified information received on WhatsApp.

At least 10 fact-check organizations in the country have their own tiplines on WhatsApp, so that users can verify the information they receive. These tiplines are verified by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). With the help of these organizations, photos, videos and voice recordings and other content can be verified. They support 11 Indian languages ​​including English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and Punjabi.

Fact-checking tiplines on WhatsApp in India

Fake news can be identified and information can be verified by using the fact checkers available on WhatsApp. These are as follows.

AFP: +91 95999 73984
Boom: +91 77009-06111 / +91 77009-06588
fact crescendo: +91 90490 53770
factually: +91 92470 52470
India Today: +91 7370-007000
newschecker: +91 99994 99044
newsmobile: +91 11 7127 9799
Quint WebQoof: +91 96436 51818
The Healthy Indian Project : +91 85078 85079
Vishvas News : +91 92052 70923 / +91 95992 99372

Apart from these tiplines, IFCN has its own dedicated whatsapp chatbot Which helps users verify the information they receive.

How to fact-check on WhatsApp

Users have to save the numbers of these fact-checking tiplines to their contacts or click on their links. After this they have to send ‘Hi’ on WhatsApp. Since these tiplines are chatbots, it takes some time for them to verify the information you feed. The main objective of these fact-checking tiplines is to verify the information that users receive in the form of photos, videos, voice and text messages. We are giving you more information about them.

AFP : The AFP Fact Check Tipline is designed to fact-check text messages, videos and photos. It supports both English and Hindi languages.

Boom : Like AFP, Boom also supports English and Hindi languages. It also works in Bengali language. With its help, users can verify the photos, videos, audios and text received by them. Boom’s newsletter can also be subscribed.

Fact Crescendo: It supports 9 languages. These include Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Odia and Tamil. Apart from verifying the information of the users, it also provides information related to COVID-19.

Factly: Through this, any article, video and other content can be verified. Users can also subscribe to Factoryly’s newsletter. It can work only in English.

India Today: Like Factily, India Today Group, Fact Check allows users to submit their information in the form of messages, photos or videos. Apart from English, it also supports Hindi.

Newschecker: It works in 9 languages ​​including English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi and Urdu. Through this, users can verify suspicious messages, photos and videos received by them. Similarly, other fact checkers also help in verifying the unverified messages received by the users.


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