On the spot-messaging software WhatsApp on Wednesday introduced two new options by which it goals to battle the unfold of the pandemic and the misinformation accompanying it that’s stoking fears throughout the globe.
To scale back the unfold of rumours, the app introduced WhatsApp Coronavirus Data Hub — an initiative in partnership with the WHO, UNICEF and UNDP — to supply easy, actionable steerage, normal suggestions, and sources on the an infection.
WhatsApp stated it was additionally working with WHO and UNICEF to supply messaging hotlines for folks across the globe to make use of. It was not clear when the hotlines will probably be prepared to make use of however they are going to present info and will probably be listed on the WhatsApp Coronavirus Data Hub.
The messaging app stated it was donating $1 million to the Poynter Institute’s Worldwide Reality-Checking Community (IFCN) and the fund will assist in fact-checking for the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance.
“We’re additionally happy to have the ability to companion with the Poynter Institute to assist develop the quantity of fact-checking organizations on WhatsApp and to help their life saving work to debunk rumors. We may even proceed to work straight with well being ministries all over the world for them to supply updates proper inside WhatsApp,” the app’s head at Fb, Will Cathcart, stated.
We have almost doubled server capability for @WhatsApp, and proceed to see robust reliability as folks place extra voice & video calls all over the world,” Cathcart added. “We’ll proceed to do all we are able to to maintain WhatsApp up, dependable, and quick as folks keep socially distant whereas remaining related.”
The announcement was made immediately because it turned clearer that the app, which is utilized by greater than 2 billion folks throughout the globe, is getting used to unfold misinformation in regards to the novel virus which has claimed greater than 8,000 lives across the globe and affected 200,000.