Police link dozens of murders and serious assaults to rumours spread on WhatsApp in India

With evidence of the platform being used to spead lies on an industrial scale in other countries, and 1.5 bn users globally, encrypted fake news now emerges as a major problem.

The difference with Facebook (which owns WhatsApp but lets it run as a separate business) is that no algorithm decides which content is shown to users, and outside companies cannot buy adverts. Discussion and digital content exchanges happen within private groups, using end-to-end encryption. Thus no one – not even the creators of the app – can intercept and monitor what is going on.

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