Efforts to effectively educate and inform the pubic about coronavirus are allegedly being undermined by Facebook and WhatsApp (WhatsApp is the primary suspect).
WhatsApp is being used to spread messages that are largely untrue with plenty of misleading claims confusing many people. World leaders now campaign that people should stop sharing unverified information via WhatsApp.
This is done through the spread of of misinformation and fake news about cures, preventions on the deadly disease.
It appears some people sit somewhere catching fun with people’s lives forgetting that misinformation on a deadly disease like this (and other important issues) could cause untold havoc.
Facebook owns WhatsApp and the latter is now coming strict scrutiny over the way it handles misinformation as coronavirus spread ferociously to nations of the world.
The virus has infected about 200,000 people and has killed over 8,000 according to Johns Hopkins University.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar appealled to the people on Twitter: “I am urging everyone to please stop sharing unverified info on WhatsApp groups. These messages are scaring and confusing people and causing real damage. Please get your info from official, trusted sources.”