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WhatsApp stops coronavirus misinformation!

Currently spreading misinformation about coronavirus is as dangerous as the virus itself. Therefore, major social media platforms have decided to avoid misinformation being spread through them. On Tuesday, WhatsApp announced that it will limit the way viral messages can spread on its network.
WhatsApp already labels messages with a double arrow which were forwarded many times, to help recipient identify if the message was originated from a close contact or not. WhatsApp has decided to limit these messages and will be allowed to be forwarded to one chat at a time.
The Company further said in a blog post: “we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation.”

The initiative to limit the viral content was started by WhatsApp in January 2019. Back then the company limited the number of times a forwarded messages can be shared to 5. WhatsApp also said that they noticed a decrease of 25 percent in message forwards globally. Their ultimate goal was to keep the conversations on the platform intimate and this initiative helped them to do just that.

WhatsApp also said that they are closely working with NGOs,  governments around the globe,  World Health Organization and more than 20 national health ministries to provide people accurate and authentic information. These organisations have requested information and advice from people via sending hundreds of millions of messages directly to them.

WhatsApp said that they realise that now more than ever people need authentic information. Therefore, their teams are working hard to make sure that customers get reliable information and communication at the same time.

Other Platforms Initiative

Other platforms are also busy in making sure that they can stop the misinformation about coronavirus from going viral. Facebook has started banning ads promoting coronavirus “Cure”. Whereas, Youtube has decided that it will reduce content related to conspiracy theories about 5G and coronavirus.

Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 has so far killed 5655 in UK alone. The government urges everyone to Stay home and Stay Safe and Protect the NHS.

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Muntaha Saleem
She is an Editor-in-Chief . She is a Telecom engineer and a blogger. She loves to blog about latest technology news and products.

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