Koo advises checking fake news ahead of Assembly poll results

Ahead of the election poll results in five states, Koo issued an advisory to raise awareness among users to use social media responsibly, as well as curb the spread of misinformation and fake news.

In a statement on Friday, the microblogging site said it has released community guidelines for its users in the 10 languages ​​operating on the platform.

The results of the elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur will be announced on March 10.

Koo said it has also restricted more than 800 levers to date after discovering they posted “spam-like or unwarranted content.”

“Ahead of the election results in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Goa and Manipur, the Koo app has launched an advisory to raise awareness among users to use social media responsibly and curb misinformation and fake news,” the statement said. statement.

“As part of the advisory, Koo has also released its Community Guidelines in all 10 languages ​​operating on the platform,” it said.

According to the statement, fake news is “often” spread by bots or spam accounts, and Koo monitors and “proactively limits” the actions of such accounts to limit misinformation.

“From December 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022, we saw more than 4,720 handles that identified themselves as news broadcasters or journalists or were in any way related to news, of which 834 handles were restricted due to spam or unwarranted content,” it read, adding to it: ‘we will continue to monitor their behaviour’.

Noting that a spike in misinformation is “usually observed” on social media before the election results, the microblogging platform said it has given users access to “prominent third-party fact-checkers” to verify information.

“As a social media intermediary, Koo itself does not assess accuracy or interfere with content unless required to do so by law,” the statement said.

Enabling access to fact-checkers is a reiteration of Koo’s commitment to creating security and transparency online, it said.

Koo said his Community Guidelines are tailored to “the Indian context” and allow creators and new users to build more “healthy content” while detailing responsible behavior online.

The guidelines contain “specific references” to fake news and misinformation, informing users of the importance of verifying information before posting, while not labeling information as fake without sufficient evidence, it said.

“As a social platform for native language self-expression, we celebrate creators and empower users to take a more holistic approach online to foster creativity and innovation. Misinformation is a major concern in the lead up to pivotal events. Via this advice suggests Koo — as a responsible platform — can help limit the spread of fake news and malice and promote greater online security and transparency,” Koo’s CEO and co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna said in the statement.

The advice will encourage users, especially new users, to use technology “in a positive and respectful way” to build more meaningful conversations online, he said.

“Koo strives to continuously identify best practices to provide users with a secure and immersive experience,” added Radhakrishna.

The microblogging platform said it had previously released “Koo Voters Guide” ahead of the election in multiple languages ​​to empower new voters on their rights and responsibilities as enshrined in India’s constitution.

“Koo has also increased voter knowledge to build more confidence in the electoral process,” it said, adding that it has “successfully” conducted voter awareness campaigns such as ‘PledgeToVote’, ‘UP ka Manifesto’.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content was automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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