In its effort to halt the spread of fake news surrounding coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is partnering with Whatsapp to provide credible information directly to people.
Confirming the partnership on its twitter page, the international agency said the intention is to keep people safe from the spread of Covid-19.
According to WHO, Whatsapp, an easy to use messaging app, has the potential to reach two billion people and will enable the agency to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it.
Whatsapp is a software, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook.
It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make audio and video calls, share images, documents and other media.
The service, the agency said can be accessed through a link (http://bit.ly/who-covid19-whatsapp) that opens a conversation on WhatsApp.
“Users can simply type “hi” to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19”.