WhatsApp, NASSCOM Foundation join hands to help curb misinformation
The company said that the co-created curriculum encourages people to be mindful about forwarding rumors. The training will include 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 said 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, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said, “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.”