Facebook introduced a service in Italy to examine the accuracy of the information on coronavirus spreading on its messaging app WhatsApp, the U.S. social network giant stated on Thursday.
In a recent attempt to fight doctored or manipulated content, Facebook stated it was working with local fact-checking service Facta which is analyzing content circulating on WhatsApp, including video, audio or photos.
Users can send content to Facta via a WhatsApp message to check if it’s genuine.
WhatsApp is the preferred messaging service in Italy, the hotspot of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe.
Traffic on the platform has hiked since the authorities put the nation under lockdown as users turned to social media to communicate with family and friends.
However, the messaging platform has also been a vehicle for fake news over alleged dramatic situations in hospitals and videos claiming that the virus, which has over 14,000 people in Italy, had been developed in a laboratory – or didn’t exist at all.
WhatsApp, which has 2 billion users across the world, has been trying to find methods to stop the platform from being used to spread hoaxes.