Facebook Inc. launched a service in Italy to verify the accuracy of data on Corona Virus circulating on its messaging platform WhatsApp, the United States tech agency stated on Thursday.
In a recent try to battle manipulated content material, Facebook stated it was working with native fact-checking service Facta which is analyzing content material circulating on WhatsApp, together with video, audio or pictures.
Users can ship content material to Facta by way of a WhatsApp message to verify its authenticity.
WhatsApp is the preferred messaging platform in Italy, the epicenter of the Corona Virus outbreak in Europe.
Traffic on the platform has spiked for the reason that authorities put the nation beneath lockdown as customers turned to social media to hold in contact with relations and buddies.
But the messaging app has additionally been a car for hoaxes over alleged dramatic conditions in hospitals and movies claiming that the virus, which has killed 13,915 folks in Italy, had been created in a laboratory – or didn’t exist in any respect.
WhatsApp, which has 2 billion customers worldwide, has been attempting to discover methods to cease the platform from getting used to unfold fake news.