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WhatsApp Unveils “Coronavirus Information Hub” Amidst Spread of Misinformation On Ongoing Pandemic

WhatsApp said it is working with the WHO and UNICEF to provide messaging hotlines for people around the world to use directly

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The Facebook-owned instant messaging platform now supports over two billion users globally. With over 400 million users, India is WhatsApp's biggest market. Pixabay

Amid the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 on social media platforms, WhatsApp on Wednesday launched a Coronavirus Information Hub and announced a $1 million donation to the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).

Launched in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and UNDP, the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub is designed to provide simple, actionable guidance for health workers, educators, community leaders, nonprofits, local governments and local businesses that rely on WhatsApp to communicate.

It will also offer general tips and resources for users around the world to reduce the spread of rumours.

The Facebook-owned instant messaging platform now supports over two billion users globally. With over 400 million users, India is WhatsApp’s biggest market.

The $1 million grant to the IFCN will support fact-checking for the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance, which spans more than 100 local organisations in at least 45 countries.

We know that our users are reaching out on WhatsApp more than ever at this time of crisis, whether it’s to friends and loved ones, doctors to patients, or teachers to students. We wanted to provide a simple resource that can help connect people at this time,” Will Cathcart, Head of WhatsApp, said in a statement.

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Amid the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 on social media platforms, WhatsApp on Wednesday launched a Coronavirus Information Hub and announced a $1 million donation to the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). Pixabay

“We are also pleased to be able to partner with the Poynter Institute to help grow the amount of fact-checking organisations on WhatsApp and to support their life saving work to debunk rumours. We will also continue to work directly with health ministries around the world for them to provide updates right within WhatsApp,” he added.

WhatsApp said it is working with the WHO and UNICEF to provide messaging hotlines for people around the world to use directly.

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These hotlines will provide reliable information and will be listed on the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub. (IANS)

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TikTok Donates Hazmat Medical Suits, Masks Worth 100 Crore To Help Doctors in India Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak

Earlier, Xiaomi had announced to donate lakhs of N95 masks to the state governments. The company also pledged a Rs 15 crore contribution towards India's fight against Covid-19

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Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has climbed to 1,637, causing 38 deaths, according to the data furnished by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. A total of 132 patients have been cured and discharged so far. Pixabay

Chinese short video platform TikTok on Wednesday donated 400,000 hazmat medical protective suits and 200,000 masks worth Rs 100 crore in order to help doctors and other medical professionals tackle the spread of COVID-19 in India.

“The Government of India has been making concerted efforts to contain the spread of the virus and through this donation we want to contribute towards this effort. With support from the Union Ministry of Textile, this essential gear, which meets the prescribed standards and guidelines, is being handed over to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India,” the company said in a statement.

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The masks shall be provided to both local and state-level medical workers and have been handed to the Delhi and Maharashtra governments.

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Chinese short video platform TikTok on Wednesday donated 400,000 hazmat medical protective suits and 200,000 masks worth Rs 100 crore in order to help doctors and other medical professionals tackle the spread of COVID-19 in India. Wikimedia Commons

Earlier, Xiaomi had announced to donate lakhs of N95 masks to the state governments. The company also pledged a Rs 15 crore contribution towards India’s fight against Covid-19.

Additionally, the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation have also pledged to donate essential medical supplies to India.

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Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has climbed to 1,637, causing 38 deaths, according to the data furnished by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. A total of 132 patients have been cured and discharged so far. (IANS)