WhatsApp’s “CheckPoint Tipline” Checks Suspicious Content for Authenticity

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WhatsApp is now launching the Checkpoint Tipline feature that will check suspicious content for authenticity / Photo by: Christoph Scholz via Flickr


The fight against fake news continues.

Because it was used by many people as of late to describe dubious news content on the internet that is more than likely false, many social media platforms have been taken to task about their responsibility in making sure that these contents are minimized, if not totally eradicated. And as the internet and technology advance even further and a quicker pace, social media platforms are put under intense pressure to know how to deal with the ups and downs of the digital space.

Most of these have been downs lately, and to try to counteract the effect and prevent malicious or false news from spreading and having such a long life on the internet, Gadgets Now reports that Facebook-owned WhatsApp is introducing “CheckPoint Tipline,” a platform that lets users submit potentially false information for verification.

Although the platform is under WhatsApp, it’s actually developed by Proto, a media skilling startup based in India.

Though it went unmentioned, the introduction of this feature probably sprang forth from the Momo fiasco that went viral around April and May last year, and somehow continued on toward early 2019, of which it was largely linked to be happening on WhatsApp.

What’s mentioned, though, is the fact that this platform will be used as a tool to filter malicious content during the elections.

The way the platform works is that “Proto’s verification center will seek to respond and inform the user if the claim made in a suspicious message shared is verified or not. It will classify information as true, false, misleading, disputed, or out of scope and will include any other related information that is available,” said the company in a statement.

Additionally, the platform was also designed to extend its fake news-sniffing skills into other media formats like pictures and video links.

Proto has backed up the platform with a database of rumors “to study misinformation during elections.”