WhatsApp’s message limit isn’t enough to halt the spread of fake news

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2193052-whatsapps-message-limit-isnt-enough-to-halt-the-spread-of-fake-news/

A limit on forwarding messages has been extended from India to the rest of the world, but more needs to be done by all parties, says Sarvjeet Singh

an Indian newspaper vendor reading a newspaper with a full back page advertisement from WhatsApp intended to counter fake information, in New Delhi on July 10, 2018

WhatsApp took out adverts in India in a bid to counter fake news

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In the US and Europe, Facebook stands accused of facilitating the spread of propaganda and fake news. In India, Facebook’s subsidiary WhatsApp is under the same pressure, charged with the spread of misinformation from political parties, and more dangerous material: last year, at least 35 people in India were killed by violent mobs incited by rumours of child abduction spread through WhatsApp.

How do we fight back? Following an outcry, and under government pressure in its biggest market, WhatsApp limited …