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Facebook launches fact-checking service on WhatsApp in Italy to fight coronavirus hoaxes

Facebook launches fact-checking service on WhatsApp in Italy to fight coronavirus hoaxes

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Whatsapp brand is seen in entrance of a displayed inventory graph in this illustration taken April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

MILAN (Reuters) – Facebook Inc. launched a service in Italy to examine the accuracy of knowledge on coronavirus circulating on its messaging platform WhatsApp, the U.S. tech agency stated on Thursday.

In a contemporary try to fight manipulated content material, Facebook stated it was working with native truth checking service Facta which is analyzing content material circulating on WhatsApp, together with video, audio or photographs.

Users can ship content material to Facta by means of a WhatsApp message to examine it’s genuine.

WhatsApp is the preferred messaging platform in Italy, the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak in Europe.

Traffic on the platform has spiked because the authorities put the nation beneath lockdown as customers turned to social media to hold in contact with family members and pals.

But the messaging app has additionally been a automobile for hoaxes over alleged dramatic conditions in hospitals and movies claiming that the virus, which has killed 13,915 individuals in Italy, had been created in a laboratory – or didn’t exist in any respect.

WhatsApp, which has 2 billion customers worldwide, has been making an attempt to discover methods to cease the platform getting used to unfold faux information.

Reporting by Elvira Pollina; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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