WhatsApp has come out as the main focus around the concerns related to the spreading of COVID-19 misinformation. With the ability to reach out to billions of people around the world, encrypted texting makes it hard to track the origination of the sources.
WhatsApp has launched few tools to restrict the spread of misinformation like setting limits on message forwarding and Google prompts in-stream. WhatsApp recently has launched a new fact-checking bot to counter misinformation and can offer answers on over thousands of frauds within seconds.
The new bot uses information offered by more than 100 individual fact-checkers in more than 70 countries. Now say if a user is concerned about specific news related to COVID-19 can enter it and get to know the real facts quickly which should assist in limiting the spread of false information and news.
WhatsApp is the leading messaging app in many markets and its important for it to counter misinformation as much it can. To combat this pandemic, right, and accurate information is needed. People must know what is required to know to limit the spread and how they should act. If the information gets mixed it will cause a threat to more people.
The fact check-in bot is available in English currently, but support for languages like Spanish, Hindi, and Portuguese is coming soon.