The giant messaging platform WhatsApp has just created a new information hub to combat misinformation regarding the ongoing global pandemic Coronavirus with two initiatives. First, the platform has launched a WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub, teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNDP, and Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to accurate information.
The second initiative is that company extending an amount of $1 million as a grant to the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). This amount will likely be very helpful to the Corona Virus Facts alliance with fact-checking. This network includes more than 100 local organizations which is spread across at least 45 countries.
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Taking a closer look at the WhatsApp Information Hub about Corona Virus, they have variety of information on their web page. The purpose of WhatsApp’s information hub is to provide guidance to, health workers, governments, businesses and companies, leaders and anyone that uses WhatsApp for communication. The company highlights the need of the connection with family, and friends remotely. The company will provide accurate information such as tips and resources regarding the pandemic to the people to avoid fake news and rumors. This platform will also serve the messaging hotlines that would be available on the Information Hub.
As per the known feature of WhatsApp voice, video and group calls, for reliable and latest source of information, along with proper guidelines the users can connect with their local, national or even global organizations such as WHO or the health ministry of any country. These sources will provide them all that needed.
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The hub also requests users to stop the spread of fake and misguiding information regarding the pandemic. It asks users to verify the facts before sending the message forward. Beside that the WhatsApp has also given detailed outlined scenarios for different types of NGO’s and “community leaders” to take help from the platform.
The company’s second initiative of granting $1 million, aims to train people to use advanced features of WhatsApp such as WhatsApp Business API. The training of persons will be supported by grant and this will increase the presence of fact-checking organizations.