To help slow the seemingly endless spread of COVID-19-related misinformation on social media, the Poynter International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) launched a chatbot on WhatsApp to help you sniff out coronavirus-related hoaxes. The bot cross-references questions sent by users with a database of information collected from over 100 independent fact-checkers to help you convince your friends and loved ones that their opinions are terrible and wrong.
The IFCN’s bot is officially endorsed by WhatsApp and is available to all of the service’s users no matter what platform you’re using: Android, iOS, Windows or Mac, et cetera.
The bot only works in English for now, but WhatsApp is also translating it for Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish. (It might take a few days before these languages are available.)
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