FastNews reports that in order to help reduce the spread of false news in Nigeria, WhatsApp has launched a campaign called #YouSaid to educate people on how to verify the information they come across before passing it on.
According to the company, the campaign encourages WhatsApp users to think carefully and check authoritative sources before sharing any information with their friends and family in order to spot false news and take responsibility for its spread.
“At WhatsApp, all personal messages are protected with end-to-end encryption because the safety and security of our users and their messages are important to us,” said WhatsApp Public Policy Lead Akua Gyekye in a statement.
“While we remain committed to creating a safe space for our users to communicate privately, we encourage everyone to verify any information they receive and confirm whether it is true or false before sharing it with other people. Regardless of the person, you received the information from, as soon as you share any information, it becomes something people think #YouSaid. ”