The World Health Organization (WHO) and WhatsApp have collaborated to hold back the spread of fake news and wrong information on social media. A bot (software application) has been launched that will provide accurate and latest coronavirus updates to the WhatsApp users. In the vested interest of the public, the WHO has introduced the bot that is going to curb the spread of fake news. This bot will let you stay away from getting misled by the wrong information and will also prevent public fears and cause mass panic. Similarly, the Government of India has also rolled out MyGov Corona Helpdesk on WhatsApp that will provide correct information to the app users related to Coronavirus spread in India.
Who bot also provides information on the latest number of cases reported, news, precautions, travel advice, Mythbusters, etc related to the coronavirus outbreak. To get access to the WHO bot on your WhatsApp all you need to do is save +41-79-893-18-92 to your contacts on your phone. Then send a WhatsApp message to the bot to connect. Once you get registered you are eligible to receive updates. In addition to this, the users will also get options to ask for more information related to coronavirus. You can reply with a number or emoji mentioned alongside the list of options as it is an automated system. And you will automatically start getting all the information on a particular topic that you choose from the options list.
To receive updates on #COVID19 from WHO add this number— +41 79 893 18 92 to your contacts and send a @WhatsApp message. You’ll automatically be registered to receive updates and also have an option to ask for more information as shown below. pic.twitter.com/WXaGd88AGf
— WHO Uganda (@WHOUganda) March 20, 2020
The list includes a total of seven topics on which WHO bot will provide information:
- Latest numbers
- Protect yourself
- Your questions answered
- Travel advice
- News and Press
These days Several fake news, videos, as well as recordings, have been spreading related to the deadly disease which is responsible for creating panic among people. Recently WhatsApp in association with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and UNDP launched a messaging app The WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hubhealth for the people seeking information, guidance for health workers, educators NGOs, local governments as well as businesses. The instant messaging app has also invested a $1 million grant in Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to stop rumour mills from spreading misinformation about the disease.
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