As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc across the globe, it’s crucial that info relating to the unfold of coronavirus come from trusted sources in any other case it could actually result in pointless panic amongst the plenty. In the age of social media, a easy WhatsApp message containing unverified or inflammatory info and circulated in a number of teams might spell catastrophe. To counter this, the Facebook-owned immediate messaging platform is now rolling out a brand new function that may sluggish the unfold of misinformation.
WhatsApp has introduced that it is going to be setting a brand new restrict whereby regularly forwarded messages can solely be forwarded to 1 chat at a time. The firm says that this restrict will kick in as soon as a message has been forwarded greater than 5 occasions. An analogous step had been taken by WhatsApp again in January as effectively when a world restrict had been set on forwarded messages to constrain virality.
For India, WhatsApp has a MyGov Corona Helpdesk on the messaging app in partnership with the federal government.
Apart from this WhatsApp’s beta model additionally has a means for customers to examine the authenticity of claims forwarded on the platform. This will contain placing a magnifying glass icon subsequent to those regularly forwarded messages. Upon clicking it, the forwarded message may be despatched for an internet search the place they will discover information outcomes. The function is at the moment underneath testing and restricted to solely beta customers — WhatsApp will let customers know when it should roll out the function on a secure replace.
In its combat in opposition to Coronavirus, WhatsApp has additionally arrange a WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub in partnership with WHO, UNICEF, and UNDP. For India, WhatsApp has a MyGov Corona Helpdesk on the app in partnership with the federal government. The firm has additionally offered a grant of $1 million to IFCN to step up fact-checking providers on WhatsApp and produce extra native fact-checkers on WhatsApp.