The Multinational Fact-Test Network has released a new WhatsApp bot to combat the spread of COVID-19 disinformation. With 4,000 debunked gags, this chatbot is educated and is ready to test whether the COVID-19 news article is fake or not.
This new service helps users to recognize and avoid fake news. WhatsApp has taken many steps to monitor the spread of this disinformation and has also reduced the cap on the distribution of commonly received messages recently.
WhatsApp says the number of strongly received messages has declined by 70 percent since this cap has been enforced. Returning to the latest IFCN WhatsApp chatbot, it is free to use and users of WhatsApp will have to save a phone number + 1 (727) 2912606 to make use of the software.
Send the ‘hello’ to the bot, then wait until the automatic response comes in. The bot sends a message claiming to provide 24×7 services to identify misconceptions and to review COVID-19 reality. Users can then select from multiple choices:
- Search For Fact Checks
- Latest Fact Checks
- Tips To Fight Misinformation
- Find Fact-Checkers Near Me
- About Us
Type the number for further navigation allocated to these choices. For eg, if you click 1, the bot would ask you to submit a short phrase about your question. When you read garlic stories, type garlic, or the short term, ‘Will you eat coronavirus cure garlic? ‘When you submit your query, IFCN will review all the related statements surrounding the subject and provide the top two results across its database. Two further search results are possible by submitting the ‘+’ symbol.
Sending 4 to the bot would list the country’s fact-checkers. The program is able to classify the country of the individual by the telephone country code of the client and connect them with their nearest data identification organizations. Of India, you’ll also see a list of 12 IFCN network organizations.
It includes FactCrescendo Malayalam, Newschecker, NewMobile, India Today, and much more. A piece of information should then be forwarded directly to the local fact-checker for analysis in order to find out more about the area. This method will serve as a guide to all WhatsApp users by the amount of fake information floating across COVID-19.
The IFCN bot is currently only available in English but will soon be provided in languages such as Hindi, Spanish and Portuguese. The IFCN chatbot of the Poynter Institute includes details from more than 80 inspectorates in 74 countries.
As reported, more than four thousand hoaxes linked to the latest coronavirus have been detected and are now used as a regularly updated CoronaVirusFacts database.