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Egypt will battle against false news with a WhatsApp hotline

The problem is that the Egyptian government has used the label of "false news" to block access to portals such as Al-Jazeera.


Devdiscourse News Desk
Updated: 27-03-2018 16:25 IST
Egypt will battle against false news with a WhatsApp hotline

These media are also accused of inciting terrorism. (Image credit: Pixabay)

It is an initiative of the Attorney General of the African country, who is accused of limiting access to information of its citizens

Social networks and messaging services can often be a means by which malicious people disseminate false information and this also includes WhatsApp.

However, this last application can also be apparently used to combat these bad practices. That is what the General Prosecutor's Office of Egypt points out, that on March 12 it launched an official WhatsApphotline in which the dissemination of this kind of fraudulent information can be reported, as per Elcomercio.

The problem is that the Egyptian government has used the label of "false news" to block access to portals such as Al-Jazeera, The New York Times, the Qatar News Agency and The Washington Post.

These media are also accused of inciting terrorism and these measures are taking place in a context of increasing information restrictions for the population of Egypt, as per Elcomercio.

To denounce the appearance of alleged false news information, Egyptians will only need to send a message to the WhatsApp address provided by the authorities.

Earlier, Facebook has been accused of the data breach and dissemination of false news, especially during election campaigns. Elon Musk has deleted Facebook pages of Tesla and SpaceX.

COUNTRY : Egypt Arab Rep.