Messaging platform WhatsApp committed $1million for research on how the app is misused for misinformation, as pressure mounts by governments on the Facebook-owned company to find a solution for fake news.
“WhatsApp cares deeply about the safety of our users and we appreciate the opportunity to learn from these international experts about how we can continue to help address the impact of misinformation,” Mrinalini Rao, lead researcher at WhatsApp said, in a statement.
For the initiative, WhatsApp received 600 proposals from research teams globally and selected 20. The teams will receive grants of $50K each for their projects.
The selected teams span the globe including Brazil, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
“We recognise this issue presents a long-term challenge that must be met in partnership with others. These studies will help us build upon recent changes we have made within WhatsApp and support broad education campaigns to help keep people safe,” Rao said.