“For this first phase of our program, WhatsApp is commissioning a competitive set of awards to researchers interested in exploring issues that are related to misinformation on WhatsApp. The WhatsApp Research Awards will provide funding for independent research proposals that are designed to be shared with WhatsApp, Facebook, and wider scholarly and policy communities,” announced WhatsApp.
The criteria provided to get enrolled in the program is to develop conceptual tools, gather and analyze data, and investigate relevant issues.
“Each awardee will retain all intellectual property rights to their data analyses. WhatsApp staff may provide guidance, but investigators are responsible for carrying out the scope of work,” said a WhatsApp Research Awards for Social Science and Misinformation.
It specifies about the eligibility criteria of the required researcher and expectations from participants. It also discussed the two days workshop in Menlo Park, California. The last date for applying is August 12.
The government recently asked WhatsApp to take immediate actions to deal with this problem and stop these activities.