WhatsApp launches #YouSaid campaign with Nigerians to educate about false news and the dangers it can cause

WhatsApp has launched #YouSaid, a campaign that aims to educate people about how to verify and scrutinize information before they share it. This campaign is designed to reduce false news spreading in Nigeria.

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Statista reports that 48.12% of Nigeria’s population has access to the internet via their mobile devices. This number is expected to rise to 659.7% by 2026. More people must be educated about internet usage and how to use it.

WhatsApp users in Nigeria should be familiar with the broadcasts and posts that are shared by various groups to the general public. Some are insightful and motivational, while others are speculation stories about society.

News circulated via WhatsApp and other platforms in Nigeria during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which many believed that various herbal remedies and substances could be used to cure the virus. Many people ingested chloroquine, which can cause severe health problems. This is one example of the negative consequences of false information being shared via social media channels. The campaign aims to stop it.

This campaign provides tips for spotting false news and assessing its authenticity before it is shared with others. It encourages people to carefully examine credible sources and validate any information they find.

Akua Gyekyem was the WhatsApp Public Policy Lead. He commented on the launch, saying, “At WhatsApp, all personal messages are protected using end-to-end encryption since the safety and security for our users is important to us.” “. He stated that WhatsApp is committed to providing a secure environment for users to communicate privately. He encouraged all users to confirm any information they received and verify its truthfulness before sharing it.

No matter who you got the information from, if you share it, people will think #YouSaid. We hope this campaign will spark a conversation about the importance of verifying information and encourage people to think carefully about what they read, trust, and share. Gyekye said.

Four easy ways to reduce false news on WhatsApp
  1. Learn what a “Forwarded” message is: A message with the ‘forwarded label (an arrow, double arrow icon), did not originate from the person who sent it. You will also receive it from another person. You should verify the authenticity of any information you send to another person. If a message has been sent more than five times, a double arrow icon will appear and a “Forwarded many times” label will appear. This will limit the number of chats that can be shared.
  1. Always verify information with other sources False media can spread quickly, and photos, audio recordings and videos can all be altered to mislead. To verify that a message is accurate, you can check trusted news sites. It’s more likely that a story has been reported multiple times and from trusted sources.
  1. Be on the lookout for messages that are different. Messages that contain misspelled words, incorrect dates, awkward layouts, or unrelated photos and web addresses (URLs) could indicate that the information is false.
  1. Don’t let your preconceived notions get in the way. Before sharing any information, make sure you have reviewed the facts. Many stories that appear difficult to believe are false.

WhatsApp protects the personal communications of more than two billion users around the globe with end-to-end encryption.

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