Facebook’s latest scandal: WhatsApp disseminates deadly fake news in India

Defects in the design of Facebook’s WhatsApp platform may have led to as many as two dozen people losing their lives in India.

With its communications encrypted end-to-end, there is no way for anyone to moderate posts; so WhatsApp has become what “an unfiltered platform for fake news and religious hatred,” according to a Washington Post report.

WhatsApp, which offers messaging and Voice over IP service, is not used as broadly in the U.S. as in countries such as India, where it has become the dominant mode of mobile communications. But imagine Facebook FB, +2.16% and Twitter TWTR, +3.17% without any filters or moderation: the Wild Wild West during the heyday of Cambridge Analytica.

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