"Fake news often goes viral" reads one.
The messaging service, owned by Facebook, took out full-page ads in leading English and Hindi newspapers on Tuesday, giving readers 10 tips to spot messages that might be fake. WhatsApp also revealed a new feature last month, which only allows administrators to post messages in a group.
According to a report by Gadgets Now, the new feature introduced in the WhatsApp 2.18.204 beta version, alerts users of potentially fake news that is being forwarded in group chats through its upcoming "Suspicious Link" feature.
WhatsApp quickly responded to the government warning, stating it was taking steps to combat the problem of misinformation in India.
"Like the government of India, we're horrified by these awful acts of violence and wanted to respond quickly to the very important issues you have raised. We will build on these efforts", outlines the news advertisement.
Election related information is a core area that WhatsApp is looking at, along with questions on processing problematic events, virality, and digital literacy. Yesterday, the company launched another feature for beta users which will highlight suspicious links shared on the platform in red.
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From now on, WhatsApp will put a "forwarded" label on these messages.
Group admins can make a decision and even limit other users from sending messages in a specific group.
Five people were lynched to death by villagers in Maharashtra's Dhule district after videos of child lifters were actively circulated on a WhatsApp group.
With more than 200 million users, India is WhatsApp's biggest market.
This comes a week after the US-based social media platform said the government, civil society and technology companies need to work together to fight fake news, misinformation, and hoaxes.
In addition, Instagram is also testing a "Do Not Disturb" feature that lets users shut off notifications from Instagram and WhatsApp for 30 minutes, one hour, two hours, eight hours, one day or until they're turned back on manually.