Coronavirus (533) Are we past the peak of viral WhatsApp misinformation about coronavirus?

1 May, 2020

Dear HIFA Colleagues

'WhatsApp says it has seen a drop of 70% in "highly forwarded" messages- the kind that may spread misinformation about the coronavirus'

It would be very helpful if HIFA members who use WhatsApp would share their views on the above claim. Have you noticed a reduction in "highly forwarded" messages containing misinformation?

Thanks for any input you can provide.

Best wishes


Martin Carroll

Independent Consultant

Global Healthcare Information Network

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HIFA Profile: Martin Carroll has worked on issues affecting health in LMICs for over fifteen years. Whilst at the British Medical Association, he led a major project, funded by DfID, to develop the organisation's role as a leading advocate for improving health in LMICs, which it continues to hold today. He has worked with HIFA since 2008 and is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the following HIFA Working Groups: Fundraising, Multilingualism and Social Media. He is also the author of the monthly HIFA Blog. martinmichaelcarroll(at)iCloud(dot)com

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