WhatsApp users now check COVID-19 UPDATE

By using the IFCN’s bot on WhatsApp, citizens from everywhere the society are going to be ready to easily check whether a bit of content about COVID-19 has already been rated as false by professional fact-checkers.

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With hordes of faux messages doing the rounds in social media and messaging apps, it becomes very difficult to gauge. This has become harder within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, where the user is usually not aware that the forward is really a fake news.


To handle such cases, instant messaging app WhatsApp has collaborated with Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) in order that users can check misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By using the IFCN’s bot on WhatsApp, citizens from everywhere the planet are going to be ready to easily check whether a bit of content about COVID-19 has already been rated as false by professional fact-checkers, a press release said.

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The chatbot has a short and numerical menu. Users will only got to text numbers to navigate it.


Initially, the IFCN’s bot – which is liberal to use – are going to be available only in English, but other languages, including Hindi, Spanish and Portuguese, will follow soon, it added.

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Since January, quite 80 fact-checking organizations from 74 countries have identified quite 4,000 hoaxes associated with novel coronavirus. the knowledge has been compiled within the CoronaVirusFacts database and is updated daily by IFCN, in order that chatbot users can navigate and simply access its content.


With hordes of faux messages doing the rounds in social media and messaging apps, it becomes very difficult to gauge. This has become harder within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, where the user is usually not aware that the forward is really a fake news.

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To handle such cases, instant messaging app WhatsApp has collaborated with Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) in order that users can check misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By using the IFCN’s bot on WhatsApp, citizens from everywhere the planet are going to be ready to easily check whether a bit of content about COVID-19 has already been rated as false by professional fact-checkers, a press release said.

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The chatbot has a short and numerical menu. Users will only got to text numbers to navigate it.
Initially, the IFCN’s bot – which is liberal to use – are going to be available only in English, but other languages, including Hindi, Spanish and Portuguese, will follow soon, it added.


Since January, quite 80 fact-checking organizations from 74 countries have identified quite 4,000 hoaxes associated with novel coronavirus. the knowledge has been compiled within the CoronaVirusFacts database and is updated daily by IFCN, in order that chatbot users can navigate and simply access its content.


The IFCN’s chatbot also provides users with a worldwide directory of fact-checking organizations.


“The system is capable of identifying the user’s country via the mobile country code then sharing the closest fact-checking organizations. Anyone can submit information for review on to local fact-checkers or visit their website to find out more about misinformation circulating within the region.” IFCN said.

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