This is the WhatsApp fight against the hoaxes of Covid-19
The platform launches an alert system with the WHO
Whatsapp reigns in the Spanish confinement with a76% increase in app usage. Video calls, messages of concern about the health status of those closest to you, memes, videos and endless message chains.
The ScienceFlows research group at the Universitat de València, which works on public understanding, social perception and the dissemination of science, has started a study on the characteristics of hoaxes on COVID-19 that come through the WhatsApp messaging application.
The National Police has detected more than 200 hoaxes about the coronavirus. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Facebook are working hand in hand to reduce the number of hoops on the platform instant messaging.
Both have developed an information service on Covid-19 called Health Alert. It is a free service designed to answer questions that citizens have about this disease.
To access this service, just send a message with the word ‘Hello’ to +41 22 501 76 90 to start the conversation.
Fight against fake news
Last week, the Vice President for Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, announced the launch of a web page “unified of all official and quality resources.”
Until his arrival, the authorities recommend verifying where and when the information was published, go to official sources, if the information is alarmist, not sharing it. And, especially on Whatsapp, pay attention to the sources where the data comes from.
Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp, recommends in case of doubt to contact the web pages using a message in your app to verify the news.