Looking to put an end to rumors and verify false news on WhatsApp, a group of experts at a New Delhi-located organizations is operating on designing an app that might be capable of telling you if a message is bogus or not. Associate professor at the IIIT-D (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi) for computer science, Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, is leading the team. The team is designing the application that looks to decide the authenticity of a text circulated on WhatsApp.
The professor thinks that the app will be a helpful tool in the present cases where a number of cases have been posted in which individuals were killed in aggression, activated based on the rumors circulated on the messaging platform.
“We are gathering a huge amount of information and have asked users to forward us texts on the 9354325700 number. These texts will be analyzed, and accordingly, we will design a model for putting an end on such texts,” he claimed.
For instance, if a text is received, there will be color codes that will show the genuineness. A green may hint that it is rightful content, yellow color may hint that the system is not capable of decoding it, while red may show that it is absolutely false content, he claimed.
“Via the texts received, we will survey the common factors in such texts. The common ground may be a URL, an image, or some words. If it is a forwarded text, there is a high chance that it is a false message,” claimed the professor.
Lately, rumors on WhatsApp have sparked off a wave of incidents comprising mob fury, involving one where 5 males were lynched on the doubt of being child-lifters in Rainpada village of Maharashtra. Three were injured and a man was beaten to death after a mob assaulted them doubting them to be child-lifters in Karnataka near Bidar.