WhatsApp's growing role in India's elections sparks concern

Activists say service provides unfiltered platform for fake news, religious hatred

Forget debates and rallies. Elections in India are now fought and won on WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app that is used by millions of people here to make calls, chat and share information.

But the service is also providing an unfiltered platform for fake news and religious hatred, activists and observers say.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'WhatsApp's growing role in India's elections sparks concern'. Print Edition | Subscribe