Parents were. As the most popular messaging app across Africa, Whatsapp has been flagged as a major medium of choice for spreading fake news.
A recent report by the Center for Democracy and Development and the University of Birmingham on WhatsApp’s role during Nigeria’s February elections showed that parents and grandparents as the “biggest sharers” of misinformation.
However, the platform plans to fight the spread of fake news with a new feature called the reverse image search tool. This lets you figure out the original sender of any image.