World chat application WhatsApp Messenger or simply WhatsApp is an American freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service owned by Facebook, Inc. has announced the launch of two initiatives in support of the global fight against the Coronavirus pandemic: the global launch of the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub in partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and UNDP, and a $1m donation to the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).
The global company has already been working with governments and NGOs in different countries such as Singapore, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, and Indonesia to provide factual information to people at scale, but it plans to extend this, with an information hub that will be updated with the vital, real-time information about COVID-19.This came up after Google and Bing launched their tracker devices
Achim Steiner, administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said: “Partnerships with private sector companies like Whats App will help get this vital, real-time information from the World Health Organization and local health officials to billions of users around the globe.”
Also,Will Cathcart, head of Whats App, said: “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.
“We are also pleased to be able to partner with the Poynter Institute to help grow the amount of fact-checking organizations on WhatsApp and to support their life-saving work to debunk rumors. We will also continue to work directly with health ministries around the world for them to provide updates right within WhatsApp.