WhatsApp campaign on AIR

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/09/2018

WhatsApp is rolling out radio campaigns on AIR across 46 radio stations in Hindi speaking states, reports TOI, to advise users to check the veracity of information received by WhatsApp before forwarding it. Similar campaigns in other regional languages will follow. The Facebook-owned company is under severe pressure from GOI to check the circulation of fake news.                         

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