Election Commission keeping an eye on Whatsapp, Facebook to ensure transparency in elections

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With the recent development of Facebook and WhatsApp on the issue of misleading information of political parties and fake news, Mark Zuckerberg has introduced various new features on Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp that will ensure compatibility with government’s demands for greater transparency from social networks.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, facebook deleted 377 pages, accounts, and groups for their misbehavior. These accounts were from the IT cell of Congress that were spreading misinformation of Facebook.

Facebook is handling many troubles worldwide, like handling its user’s data, privacy, censorship on the platform and spreading of misinformation.

Facebook is set to start an operation center in Delhi to keep a check on the fake news and its spread on its platform. Facebook will be hiring journalists to take on the fake news and improve the content quality on its platform. The company is also working on a ‘new tab’ to financially support trustworthy journalism.

Facebook is often accused of bringing false posts to the user’s personalized feed.

Whatsapp has been a platform of spreading fake news and misinformation from friend and family. The app has recently announced its new feature ‘Checkpoint Tipline’ in partnership with PROTO, a media skilling company.

This feature enables the user to send the messages and images to a number which would determine if the information s true or false, disputed or misleading. Whatsapp has more than 200 million daily users and is the main tool used by political parties to spread data that is irrelevant.

Social media platforms are Twitter and Facebook are preparing to conduct political conversations during the elections in order to have transparency in the system.

With the development of new features, the election system, as well as the spreading of information, will be in check by the common public that will result in a higher built up trust among the masses.


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