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It's a two-horse race for India's smartphone market. Journalists and fact-checkers who reviewed the video said that the man was attacked because he was stealing a motorcycle, not for his political beliefs, and that the full unedited version showed the crowd shouting the names of different political candidates. We delete comments that violate our policy , which we encourage you to read. WhatsApp says current users have up to 30 days to accept the new policy terms or stop using the service. One analyst said some users might see the change of policy as a "betrayal" because the company had previously pledged to remain independent of Facebook.

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A group of friends picnicking in southern India this month stopped their car to offer some local children chocolate. It proved to be a deadly mistake — rumors quickly spread on WhatsApp that they were child kidnappers. A virulent mob gathered in response to the messages.

In the end, one of the picnickers, a software engineer named Mohammed Azam Ahmed, 32, lay dead. Now WhatsApp, under pressure from political leaders and spurred by new leadership, is taking steps to root out misinformation. Executives held urgent meetings with political leaders in India last week, and the service is building new technology to promote news literacy.

On Thursday, the company announced a major change , limiting the ability to forward messages — a feature that has been blamed for enabling disinformation to go viral. Daniels is playing catch-up with Facebook, which since the U.

The fix at WhatsApp is even harder because the chat app was designed to be a black hole. WhatsApp says the average group size is six, but it allows groups of up to Conversations on these platforms are less visible to outsiders, journalists and fact-checkers who often debunk misinformation.

In Colombia, Mexico and Brazil, news and fact-checking organizations have recently set up WhatsApp hotlines where people can forward along questionable content to be debunked. The organizations then return the correct story to the person who sent it and hope that person shares it with their groups. For months leading up to the Mexican election, an edited video with accompanying text began circulating on WhatsApp. Accompanying text blamed Obrador supporters, using a derogatory term for leftists.

Many people forwarded it to the Mexican fact-checking hotline, asking whether it was real. Journalists and fact-checkers who reviewed the video said that the man was attacked because he was stealing a motorcycle, not for his political beliefs, and that the full unedited version showed the crowd shouting the names of different political candidates.

While organisations did not need to get prior permission from the ICO to change how they handle personal data, any change had to remain within data protection laws, she added.

WhatsApp revealed the changes in a blogpost and said sharing more data would let it provide "more relevant" suggestions about who users should connect with. Spam and abuse would also be better tackled thanks to the data-sharing deal, it added.

The messaging firm also provided instructions for people who did not want their data to be shared. One analyst said some users might see the change of policy as a "betrayal" because the company had previously pledged to remain independent of Facebook. The PM urges EU leaders to focus their minds on getting a deal, saying talks will not be extended. WhatsApp and Facebook data sharing plan being investigated 26 August This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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