At least 10 fact-checking organizations in the country have their own tiplines on WhatsApp so that users can verify the information received by them. These tiplines are verified by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). With the help of these organizations, other content including photos, videos and voice recordings can be verified. It supports 11 Indian languages including English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and Punjabi.
Fact-Checking Tiplines on WhatsApp in India
Fake news can be identified and information can be verified using the fact checkers present on WhatsApp. These are as follows.
AFP: +91 95999 73984
Boom: +91 77009-06111 / +91 77009-06588
fact crescendo: +91 90490 53770
faculty: +91 92470 52470
India Today: +91 7370-007000
newschecker: +91 99994 99044
newsmobile: +91 11 7127 9799
The Quint WebQoof: +91 96436 51818
The Healthy Indian Project : +91 85078 85079
Vishwas News : +91 92052 70923 / +91 95992 99372
Apart from these tiplines, IFCN has its own dedicated whatsapp chatbot Which helps users to verify the information they have received.
How to fact-check on WhatsApp
Users will have to save the number of these fact-checking tiplines in their contacts or click on their links. After this they have to send ‘Hi’ on WhatsApp. Since these are tipline chatbots, they take some time to verify the information you feed in. The main objective of these fact-checking tiplines is to verify the information received by the users in the form of photo, video, voice and text messages. We are giving you more information about them.
AFP : The AFP Fact Check Tipline is designed to authenticate text messages, videos and photos. It supports both English and Hindi languages.
Boom : Like AFP, BOOM also supports English and Hindi languages. It also works in Bengali language. With its help, users can verify the photos, videos, audios and texts they have received. One can also subscribe to BOOM’s newsletter.
Fact Crescendo: It supports 9 languages. These include Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Odia and Tamil. Apart from verifying the information of the users, it also gives information related to COVID-19.
Factly: Through this, any article, video and other content can be verified. Users can also subscribe to the newsletter of Factly. It can only work in English.
India Today: Like Factly, India Today Group, FactCheck allows users to submit their information in the form of messages, photos or videos. Apart from English, it also supports Hindi.
Newschecker: It works in 9 languages including English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi and Urdu. Through this, users can verify suspicious messages, photos and videos they have received. Similarly, other fact checkers also help in verifying the unverified messages received by the users.