In Asia, citizen groups fill fact-checking gap left by Big Tech

Fed up with the constant stream of fake news on her family WhatsApp group chats in India – ranging from a water crisis in South Africa to rumors around a Bollywood actor’s death – Tarunima Prabhakar built a simple tool to tackle misinformation.

Ms. Prabhakar, co-founder of India-based technology firm Tattle, archived content from fact-checking sites and news outlets, and used machine learning to automate the verification process.

The web-based tool is available to students, researchers, journalists, and academics, she said.

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