WhatsApp has unveiled a new plan to tackle the global coronavirus pandemic. First, Facebook-owned chat app will donate $ 1 million to Poynter Institute's International Fact Checking Network [IFCN] to support strict fact checking and prevent misinformation from spreading around the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus. Elsewhere, WhatsApp will also run an updated centre of the latest information and guidelines provided by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the United Nations Development Programme [UNDP], accessible to its 2 billion users worldwide.
WhatsApp is comfortably This is currently the most popular messaging platform, so the parent company Facebook believes that this expanded network can be used to ensure that people have the latest information on the spread of a new coronavirus that began to spread in China in November and has since spread worldwide 199585 people were infected and 7,981 died.
In the United Kingdom, about 1,950 people are infected with respiratory infections and 60 of them have died.
The center called WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Center will be available today whatsapp.com/coronavirus. According to the chat app, the center aims to "provide simple, actionable guides for health workers, educators, community leaders, non-profit organizations, local governments, and local businesses that rely on WhatsApp to communicate."
However, the site will also serve as a resource for WhatsApp users who want general tips on how to reduce the spread of rumors and link them with accurate health information about COVID-19 as the virus continues to spread worldwide.
As Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other world leaders urge people to self-isolate and reduce any contact with others, messaging apps like WhatsApp are great for ensuring contact with friends, family, colleagues, and COVID-19 The risk is higher.
In the newly launched hub, WhatsApp promises to share "a quick guide on how to get the most out of WhatsApp features".
Not only that, WhatsApp also works with WHO and UNICEF to provide a direct-to-use messaging hotline for people around the world. These hotlines will provide reliable information and will be listed on the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Center.
To date, WhatsApp has partnered with many national ministries of health and non-governmental organizations to provide users with factual information through text in countries such as Singapore, Israel, South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia. As these work continue, the center will be updated with the latest resources.
Speaking of efforts after the new coronavirus pandemic, Wills Cathcart, head of WhatsApp, said: "We know that in times of crisis, our users use WhatsApp more widely than ever before, whether it's relatives, friends, doctors or patients. Or teachers to students. We want to provide a simple resource to help people connect at this time.
"We are also excited to partner with the Poynter Institute to help increase the number of fact-checking organizations on WhatsApp and support its life-saving efforts to cover up rumors.
"We will also continue to work directly with health departments around the world to get them up-to-date information in WhatsApp."
Moreover, WhatsApp is not the only Silicon Valley technology company that has been trying to help in the current crisis. Microsoft launches online mapping tool Track global case spreads in real time. It also provides access to the latest news stories on COVID-19.
Google currently has 1,700 engineers building similar online tools. According to reports, Google's project will not only be an infection tracker and news portal, but will also include information about COVID-19 symptoms, disease-related risks, and information from your nearest testing center.
"Providing up-to-date information on COVID-19 to communities around the world is a key task for the international community. Working to stop the virus from spreading," Achim Steiner, the head of the United Nations Development Programme [UNDP], said in a statement about the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Center. .
"A partnership with a private company such as WhatsApp will help get vital real-time information from the World Health Organization and local health officials, benefiting billions of users worldwide."