WhatsApp, NASSCOM Foundation join hands to help curb misinformation

WhatsApp stated on Monday that it has tied up with NASSCOM Foundation, the social arm of the industry body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) to impart digital literacy training to tackle the challenge of misinformation. Whats App told this partnership aims to reach approximately 100,000 Indians with training to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.

The company stated that the co-created curriculum encourages people to be mindful about forwarding rumors. The training will cover real-world anecdotes, tools that can be used to verify a forward and actions users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and law enforcement. The curriculum will be disseminated in multiple regional languages.

The first training will be on 27th March in Delhi followed by interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across colleges. NASSCOM Foundation told it will activate its volunteer base to launch the ‘Each One Teach Three’ campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect. These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages.

Ashok Pamidi, the CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, stated, “The use of technology platforms like WhatsApp are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information. Through this partnership with WhatsApp, we hope to enable all of India’s connected citizens to identify a piece of probable fake information while also sensitizing them on the possible impact of its further amplification.”

Aspiring volunteers can register at www.mykartavya.nasscomfoundation.org

Abhijit Bose, head of India, WhatsApp, stated: “We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on WhatsApp. This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding.”

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