“Hundreds of millions of users rely on WhatsApp to stay in touch with their friends and families every day,” said Baybars Orsek, IFCN director about the latest launch from the messaging app – the most popular on the planet with two billion users. “Since bad actors use every single platform to disseminate falsehoods, to mislead others during such troubling times, fact-checkers’ work is more important than ever.”
The chatbot is available to use now. So, if you’ve seen something in a Facebook status from a distant relative, heard friends discussing something that you haven’t heard discussed in the Daily Government coronavirus briefing that has you worried – there is likely already an answer in the vast fact-checking database that the chatbot will be able to surface for you.
And if not, the fact-checkers will work to get to the bottom of the new rumour for you.
IFCN’s chatbot is free to use. Users should save +1 (727) 2912606 as a contact number and text the word “Hi” to get the bot started.
Published at Wed, 06 May 2020 06:11:00 +0000