The world’s most famous chit-chat application ‘WhatsApp’, has recently introduced a Coronavirus related information website. The app has collaborated with UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO) & United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a gateway to keep people updated about the novel COVID-19 outbreak.
WhatsApp has struggled with the spread of misinterpreted information in past on it’s platform. Hence, the website is giving it’s maximum to direct its users with authentic & genuine information regarding the global pandemic COVID-19.
The organisation conveyed that the gateway will incorporate the details with respect to direct contact hotlines by UNICEF & WHO. These direct messaging hotlines will be useful for individuals seeking details about COVID-19 from authentic sources. Moreover, the Facebook acquired application is also functioning with the local governments of the nations including South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, Brazil, Israel, and many more to revert back to the people’s messages regarding COVID-19.
The organisation is also helping Poynter Institute’s International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) by giving $1 million to support a cluster of fact-checkers who are a part of Coronavirus Facts Alliance. The cluster involves more than 100 organizations across 45 nations worldwide.
Will Cathcart, Chief Executive Officer at WhatsApp company, said the website wanted to design a simple & accessible source of information related to the global pandemic COVID-19:
“We wanted to lay out an accessible & simple source to information that can assist people to connect with each other at this tough time. However, we are honoured to collaborate with the Poynter Institute to help increase the number of fact-checking organizations on the WhatsApp and to backup their vital work to explode rumours. Our company will also carry on to work closely with Health Ministries all around the world for them to update directly within the WhatsApp.
Although, it is still uncertain at this moment that just in case, if there will be any hotline on the app that would let you verify the genuineness of any text.