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Technology WHO joins TikTok to fight coronavirus misinformation

12:25  01 march  2020
12:25  01 march  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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Latest in Gear. WHO joins TikTok to fight coronavirus misinformation . 5m ago. Gizmodo noted that these aren't the first worldwide organizations to use TikTok to fight misinformation . The Red Cross and Unicef have already been active.

While TikTok is not really something WHO would be into, the organization aims to share updates using the platform to curb the spread of misinformation surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak. @whoWe are joining @ tiktok to provide you with reliable and timely public health advice!

The World Health Organization clearly has an interest in putting a stop to coronavirus misinformation, and that's leading it to online destinations it wouldn't have considered before. The WHO has joined TikTok, and its first videos are, unsurprisingly, aimed at both reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 and setting the record straight. They explain how you can safeguard yourself and others against the virus, how to use a mask and whether or not you need a mask in the first place -- crucially, the WHO stresses that you don't need a mask if you aren't experiencing symptoms.

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The clips won't compete with the latest dance tutorials or political commentary clips in terms of style, but they do appear to be getting an audience. The initial video had over 6.5 million views as of this writing, while the second had over 252,000.

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“We are joining [ TikTok ] to provide you with reliable and timely public health advice,” WHO wrote in the description of its first video. Social media platforms are flooded with false news and claims about coronavirus hence this effort by WHO will keep people from being misinformed.

The World Health Organization joined popular short-video platform TikTok on Saturday to provide reliable information regarding the coronavirus outbreak and counter misinformation spread through social.

Gizmodonoted that these aren't the first worldwide organizations to use TikTok to fight misinformation. The Red Cross and Unicef have already been active. However, it's significant that the WHO went out of its way to join the social network in the first place. It's not just that TikTok represents a large online audience -- it's that there are already examples of TikTok users falsely claiming to have been infected or otherwise spreading panic. While TikTok said it's providing fast access to "trusted resources" (including the WHO) to people looking for coronavirus hashtags, the WHO's presence could be crucial to providing facts.

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We are joining @tiktok to provide you with reliable and timely public health advice! Our first post: How to protect yourself from ##coronavirus ?

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When & how should masks be worn in order to protect against the new ##coronavirus ?

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“We are joining [ TikTok ] to provide you with reliable and timely public health advice,” WHO wrote in the description of its first video. ALSO READ: CORONAVIRUS : How Italian imported disease into Nigeria. TikTok has been flooded with memes about the novel coronavirus over the past few weeks, with

The World Health Organization ( WHO ) joined TikTok on Friday in an effort to push back against misinformation regarding the coronavirus outbreak. On Friday the World Health Organisation took the fight against online health misinformation to TikTok , the same day it elevated its coronavirus

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Google invests $6.5 million to fight coronavirus-related misinformation .
When it comes to a potentially deadly respiratory disease like COVID-19, accurate and reliable information can be the difference between life and death. To that end, Google says it will provide $6.5 million in funding to organizations combating misinformation around the globe, with "an immediate focus on coronavirus." The initiative will see the company approach the problem from several different angles, working with a broad slate of non-profits. As one example, the company's Google News Initiative will increase its support for First Draft.

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