WhatsApp does its bit, donates $1 mn to International Fact-Checking Network, launches coronavirus info hub

The messaging app has worked with a number of national health ministries.

iStock
WhatsApp is working with the WHO and UNICEF to provide messaging hotlines for people around the world.
To most observers, WhatsApp might still be in the shadow of its elder sibling Facebook in the social networking sweepstakes, but in Europe and Asia – India, especially – the popular messaging app is emerging as a social networking app in its own right.

Thousands of messages are exchanged between users and the in the groups that they are members of. Some of the messages are links from news websites and other sources of information, which may or may not be authentic.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has moved to avoid the spread of misinformation about the prevailing public health crisis spawned by the coronavirus outbreak. It has created an information hub where users can find verified information on how they can better protect their friends and family from the pandemic.


WhatsApp's USD 1 million grant to the IFCN will support fact-checking for the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance, which spans more than 100 local organisations in nearly 45 countries.
WhatsApp's USD 1 million grant to the IFCN will support fact-checking for the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance, which spans more than 100 local organisations in nearly 45 countries.

The website also provides the latest information about the spread of the contagious virus, and the steps that are being to combat it. WhatsApp launched the portal in collaboration with multilateral bodies like UNICEF, WHO, and UNDP, with the hope that the endeavour transcend that of a social network or a news source in scope.

WhatsApp’s information hub hopes to connect local legislators, educators, healthcare providers and businesses with how they can stay connected and coordinate efforts to combat the virus at a microlevel. The company has also donated USD 1 million to the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).

ADVERTISEMENT
The grant is meant to support the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance – a consortium of local organizations spanning 45 countries. Members or organizations affiliated to the alliance will receive training advanced features including WhatsApp’s API.

This is meant to help them engineer fact-checking protocols on the app so that local communities are check for potentially harm egregious information regarding the pandemic in their localities.

From WhatsApp To YouTube, Tech Updates That Will Impact Your Digital Life
1/3

Everyone knows about the big product launches and global news. However, there are a number of small but significant updates that slip under the radar. Here's a round-up of some of the announcements that will possibly have an impact on your digital life.

Everyone knows about the big product launches and global news. However, there are a number of small but significant updates that slip under the radar. Here's a round-up of some of the announcements t..
Read More

Almost every smartphone user knows about Corning’s Gorilla Glass — chemically strengthened glass that is used for protection on the front and even on the rear of some phones. This is tough to do because this glass also has to be optically perfect — any small imperfections will be visible.

Corning just announced the latest version called Gorilla Glass 6 which they claim can survive multiple drops without breaking. They also say it is twice as strong as Gorilla Glass 5 with enhanced scratch resistance to boot. It will not exactly be shatterproof but you can expect your smartphone to be able to withstand a few drops before the glass breaks. The glass is already in production so you can expect premium devices to get this added protection within the next few months.

(Image: corning.com)

Almost every smartphone user knows about Corning’s Gorilla Glass — chemically strengthened glass that is used for protection on the front and even on the rear of some phones. This is tough to do beca..
Read More

Call recording is one of the most requested features in a smartphone. Some smartphones have this feature built-in (which is ideal) and there are some paid apps that offer it (performance varies across devices). Truecaller has come to the rescue by adding call recording option to the latest update. Note that call recording is only available for Android phones. Tap on the profile icon on top left corner to access the menu and you will see the recording option. A floating button appears when the call is connected and a simple tap starts recording the conversation. Recordings are saved directly to your phone’s internal storage and not on the cloud. You can get free call recording for 14 days and after that you have to upgrade to a premium account to use it.

Call recording is one of the most requested features in a smartphone. Some smartphones have this feature built-in (which is ideal) and there are some paid apps that offer it (performance varies acros..
Read More

Download
The Economic Times Business News App
for the Latest News in Business, Sensex, Stock Market Updates & More.
READ MORE
ADVERTISEMENT

READ MORE:

LOGIN & CLAIM

50 TIMESPOINTS

More from our Partners

Loading next story
Text Size:AAA
Success
This article has been saved

*

+