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WHO developing its own app to fight fake news and misinformation

WHO developing its own app to fight fake news and misinformation

WHO is trying to prevent the spread of misinformation. In an effort to battle the spread of misinformation through social media, the WHO is preparing to launch an official app for Android, iOS and the web. Now, the WHO is developing its own app that will pass on relevant and up-to-date information on the SARS-COV-2 pandemic to users.

The app, as of now, is named “WHO MyHealth” and was initially suggested by a team of experts named “The Covid App Collective”. The team includes some former Microsoft and Google employees along with WHO health advisors and experts.

Now, the app is built as an open-source project and is set to launch on iOS and Android on March 30. As the open-source nature of the app, 9to5Mac was able to get their hands on an initial version of the app. According to them, the early version of the app contains the same information as the WHO WhatsApp chatbot.

However, according to the developer notes, the app will be able to do a lot more than that. It will be offering information based on the location of the user. This means that users will be able to get the latest updates about the disease near them and in their preferred languages. There is also a mention of a “self-triage” tool that will help users to diagnose whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not. Read More...

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