With the Coronavirus creating havoc all around the world, there has been a lot of misinformation being spread too. To combat these myths about the COVID-19, Whatsapp in association with the World Health Organization (WHO) UNICEF and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has created a dedicated hub where you’ll be able to find all the information related to the COVID-19.
In the current time of the global crisis, this WhatsApp Coronavirus information hub aims at providing people with the right information in relation to the COVID-19 so that people remain well informed. Many fake rumors and reports have been circulating regarding the virus due to which it has been creating growing stress among people.
Will Cathcart, Head of WhatsApp, said that the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub will help people stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We know that our users are reaching out on WhatsApp more than ever at this time of crisis, whether it’s to friends and loved ones, doctors to patients, or teachers to students. We wanted to provide a simple resource that can help connect people at this time. We are also pleased to be able to partner with the Poynter Institute to help grow the amount of fact-checking organizations on WhatsApp and to support their life-saving work to debunk rumors.”
WhatsApp is one of the highly used messaging apps around the world and recently there have been many fake rumors spreading through the app as well. Therefore, this is a great initiative by Whatsapp to combat the spread of misinformation regarding COVID-19. Furthermore, the company also announced a donation of $1 million to the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) for the same reason.
Facebook, the parent company of Whatsapp has also said that it will be donating $20 million to fight COVID-19 after partnering with the United Nations Foundation and WHO to start a global COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Also, it has decided to donate to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for combating the virus.