Citation

WhatsApp: The ‘black hole’ of fake news in India’s election

Author:
Ponniah, Kevin
Publication:
BBC News
Year:
2019

WhatsApp, India's most popular messaging platform, has become a vehicle for misinformation and propaganda ahead of the upcoming election. The Facebook-owned app has announced new measures to fight this but experts say the scale of the problem is overwhelming.
India was in the grip of patriotic fervour in early March when WhatsApp groups were flooded with photographs claiming to show proof that unprecedented Indian air strikes in Pakistani territory had been successful.
While India's government said the 26 February strikes had killed a "large number of militants", Islamabad insisted there had been no casualties.
But BBC fact-checkers found that the photos - purportedly of dead militants and a destroyed training camp - were old images that were being shared with false captions.