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WhatsApp Disinformation Tipline

As citizens of Pakistan, it becomes our responsibility to ensure the democratic and inclusive nature of information during elections. That’s why we created Mithu, our tipline bot, to collect and track instances of gendered disinformation before, during, and after elections. Message and help Mithu with his research!
Gendered disinformation can be found on social media in the form of memes, videos and on messaging apps like WhatsApp. How can we identify such content?

It is false information that has been shared deliberately

It has a certain degree of planning and coordination to deceive, harm or manipulate.

It is based on sexist narratives and perpetuates gender stereotypes and roles in society.

DRF’s Election Desk

DRF is excited to announce the launch of its Election Desk for the upcoming General Elections of Pakistan! 
DRF’s Election Desk will be acting as an observatory body and collecting data on harmful content in particular pertaining to hate speech, disinformation, gendered disinformation and technology facilitated gender-based violence. In the Election Desk, we will also be documenting instances of internet shutdowns and human rights abuses occurring prior to , during and post-election. DRF’s Election Desk will additionally be collecting data and content based on disinformation through artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI.

Objectives of the Election Desk

Awareness Trainings

  • Source verification and fact-checking 
  • Gendered Disinformation 
  • Gender sensitization campaign 
  • Electoral processes and the right to vote 
  • Digital Rights and Election Campaigning 

Acting as a Watchdog for

  • Observing online abuse and gendered disinformation
  • Observing the emergence of misinformation and disinformation 
  • Observing human rights abuse cases pre and post-elections with regard to journalists, human rights defenders and marginalized groups online and offline.
  • Observing internet shutdowns and digital rights abuse 

Advocating for Information

  • Reporting abuse during elections | WhatsApp Disinformation Tipline
  • Advocating for ‘right and authentic’ information shared online pre and post-elections and developing further resources on fact-checking and source verification for the general public and media practitioners
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