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WhatsApp announces $ 1 million donation to contain fake news about coronavirus

In addition to investing 1 million dollars to end fake news, WhatsApp created an Information Hub on the new coronavirus

This Wednesday (18/03) the Whatsapp announced two measures to help combat the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Together with the WHO – World Health Organization, UNICEF – United Nations Children's Fund it's the UNDP – United Nations Development Program, the company is providing an information hub about the new disease.

O Whatsapp still make a donation of 1 million dollars to the International Fact Verification Network (IFCN) of Poynter Institute. The amount will contribute to the verification of facts of Aliana #CoronaVirusFacts in several countries.

WhatsApp logoWhatsApp has worked with several other agencies to combat the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in the world

With the donation, the goal of Whatsapp train people so they can use special features of the function business and even your API. The idea is to make fact-checking companies certified in the IFCN can use the tool to fight false news about the coronavirus.

We are also pleased to be able to partner with the Poynter Institute to help increase the number of fact-checking organizations on WhatsApp and support their work to save lives to unmask rumors. We will also continue to work directly with health ministries around the world to provide updates directly on WhatsApp.

said Will Cathcart, WhatsApp CEO.

For Baybars Orsek, director of IFCN, support from the Mark Zuckerberg cooperate so that Aliana CoronaVirusFacts reaches other people and thus classifies what fact or fake.

WhatsApp Information Hub is now available

WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub PageWhatApp created an Information Hub to decrease the number of fake news about the new coronavirus

The information hub of Whatsapp it is already available and concentrates useful tips on how to find green news, in addition to other recommendations for specific groups: health professionals, educators, local entrepreneurs, representatives of non-profit organizations and governments. With more than two billion users, investment in Whatsapp against coronavirus comes at a crucial time to fight the pandemic.

In addition to these measures, the Facebook announced aid of 20 million to stem the spread of the virus. Other actions in partnership with agencies are being taken. Among them, a donation of 10 million dollars for the United Nations Foundation (UNF) it's the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, gives WHO. In the coming days, the Facebook it must communicate other actions to help end the pandemic.

Source: TechCrunch.