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'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52441202

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

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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