- Govt looking to penalise apps and websites spreading fake news.
- Platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Google, Twitter could be in trouble.
- Govt also looking to shut off public access to apps and websites that can't control fake news.
Fake News has been a big problem since the past two years and with each passing year, more and more fake stories are being circulated on the web through popular social media platforms. Last year, tech companies like Facebook and Google each deployed various AI and machine learning-based mechanisms to combat the spread of fake news on their platforms. WhatsApp also introduced forwarded labels on the platform and started a bunch of public awareness campaigns to stop the spread of fake news on the messaging app. However, all these efforts have not been able to completely sift out fake news from the social media ecosystem.