False reports spread much faster than legitimate news. They are often in circulation as wild speculations before there is any reliable information available. Often shared and liked, they appear again and again in the users timelines among other things through the annual reviews that Facebook or Whatsapp automatically offers for every user. In this way, false reports develop a dynamic that is difficult to counter with clarification.
Fake Voice Message On Whatsapp
Whatsapp is broadcasting a voice message claiming COVID 19 is made worse by ibuprofen. There are more and more such claims on Facebook and Twitter. Most people now realize that there are many false reports, especially around the corona virus. We don’t expect them in Whatsapp in messages from our friends. This is what makes the claims so dangerous: we trust our acquaintances and friends with whom we interact in WhatsApp groups much more than strangers on other social networks. We are less suspicious and often take the messages they share with us more seriously. In addition, it is not possible to make a public counter speech in WhatsApp groups , unlike on a public pin board or under a post.
Whatsapp Checks The Cyber Threat Facts
The company is taking steps to address the misinformation. The company supports groups that check the cyber threat facts. Users should also be able to forward messages to WhatsApp accounts that check the information for them. For these measures, WhatsApp is starting a collaboration with the World Health Organization. In a global corona virus information hub, WhatsApp said that it wanted to provide simple and easy implemented guidelines for using WhatsApp during the corona virus pandemic. The offer should primarily address associations and non-profit organizations, as well as local administrations.