Here's how to check fake news on WhatsApp
What is Tipline?
How it works
Once a WhatsApp user shares a suspicious message with the tipline, PROTO's verification centre will seek to respond and inform the user if the claim made in message shared is verified or not.
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.
Under pressure to stop rumours and fake news, WhatsApp had last year restricted forwarding messages to five chats at once. It has also been putting out advertisements in newspapers and running television and radio campaigns offering tips to users on how to spot misinformation.
With ensuing general elections, the Indian government had warned social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to influence the country's electoral process through undesirable means.
The verification reports PROTO sends back will encourage grassroots-level "listening posts" to send more signals for analysis.
Following the project, PROTO also plans to submit learnings to the International Center for Journalists to help other organisations learn from the design and operations of this project.
The research from this initiative will help create a global benchmarks for those wishing to tackle misinformation in their own markets.