Coronavirus Information Hub Launched By Whatsapp & Donates $1 Million To Restrain Covid-19 Misinformation
WhatsApp partners with World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to launch a dedicated web page called as Coronavirus Information Hub on Wednesday. It is designed to offer guidance on Coronavirus outbreak to numerous educators, health workers, non-profit organisations, health workers, local businesses and local governments that utilizes WhatsApp as their everyday communication source. It also acts as a means through which people can stay connected during these tough times through voice and video calls, while people are maintaining physical distance with one another.
This page also informs people not to circulate any rumours via this platform and to limit the rumours. It also offers tips and guidelines set by WHO and health ministries around the world on this pandemic outbreak. The advantage of this page is that it offers the content in various international languages.
Apart from this dedicated web page, WhatsApp is also working with UNICEF and WHO to give messaging hotlines to supply data about this outbreak. The organization is professed to have just offered real data in association with NGOs and national health ministries to the users by means of content in nations such as Israel, Singapore, Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa.
The Facebook owned company has also proposed $1 million grant to the Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to exterminate the circulation of fake news about the Coronavirus outbreak which has been declared pandemic by WHO. The objective of the grant is to support training for the usage of features within the WhatsApp Business which includes WhatsApp Business API.
The parent company of WhatsApp which is Facebook also announced that it is planning to donate $20 million to fight against Covid-19.