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The team is planning to introduce the project as part of WhatsApp research awards in the area of tackling with the problem of fake news and social science. As part of the research awards, the academics or groups of academicians working on potential solutions need to submit their applications by August 12, 2018, and then WhatsApp will grant awards of up to $50,000 for each research proposal.
As part of the awards, in addition to the grant, the company will also invite researchers to its headquarters in Menlo Park to meet with the research staff for WhatsApp. As mentioned in the report, Professor Kameswari Chebrolu from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering added, We are in talks and discussing the prospects of sending our proposal for the awards on curbing fake news.
She went on to point that IIT Bombay had submitted a proposal on how to stop fake news on WhatsApp to the government under IMPRINT India initiative by HRD ministry. This was long before the research awards initiative that WhatsApp introduced while asking for help WhatsApp added that it has been in touch with a number of academic institutions for the research awards.