WhatsApp has launched a plan around helping governments, health organisations and community workers communicate truthful, helpful information to people during the global corona virus pandemic.
The company has already been working with governments and NGOs in Singapore, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, and Indonesia to provide factual information to people at scale, but it plans to extend this, with a hub that will collate all materials for people to use, The Drum reported.
The hub, in partnership with World Health Organization, Unicef, and UNDP, will be aimed at health workers, educators, community leaders, nonprofits, local governments, and local businesses, giving them provide simple and actionable guidance for communicating using WhatsApp during the crisis.
The company is also working with the WHO and UNICEF on messaging hotlines that people can use to access reliable information from the hub.
According to The Drum, the company is also giving $1m to the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), which it says will be used to fund the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance, a group which includes 100 local organisations in over 45 countries.
Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, has already issued access to funding for small business clients that will suffer from reduced consumer spending and social distancing during the crisis. The company has a fund of $100m for small business grants and advertising credit.