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Instant messaging app WhatsApp on Wednesday declared that it would launch an awareness drive through radio to prevent spread of fake news. As part of the drive, people will be told to verify any news before forwarding the same.

According to a report in Prabhat Khabar, the drive by WhatsApp will be conducted in association with the All India Radio (AIR) in 46 states, including Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The message will initially be delivered in Hindi and later in other regional languages. The recipients of provocative messages on WhatsApp will also be asked to report the matter to authorities. They will also be cautioned against forwarding any such message.

This comes even as the Supreme Court has asked Facebook-owned WhatsApp, IT and Finance Ministry as to why a grievance officer has not been appointed in India yet. The top court has sought a reply within four weeks.

The central government had last week asked WhatsApp to set up a local entity with a grievance officer and find a technical solution to trace the origin of fake messages.

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