INTRO: Like many other companies and social media platforms, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been helping its users remain safe and informed since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. Recently, the International Fact-Checkers Network (IFCN) collaborated with WhatsApp to introduce an automated chatbot to prevent the spread of fake news. Now, users can chat with it in Hindi.
Automated Chatbots Introduced In Whatsapp
Whatsapp Has introduced an automated chatbot so that it can stop the spread of fake news via its platform. Previously, the fact-checking chatbot in the social media app WhatsApp only supported English and Spanish. So, due to the language barrier issues, so many of the people who do not have a strong grasp of the English language could not use the chatbot for fact-checking purposes.
Supports the Hindi Language
However, now, with the support for the Hindi language, the company now aims to make the chatbot accessible to millions of people in India who are avid WhatsApp users and it will be quite beneficial to them. Now, the users can easily access the chatbot by sending a “Hi” to +1 (727) 2912606. After this, the chatbot will be added to the user’s chat list and he/she can access it all the time anytime they want.
Chatbots Will Tell Whether the Facts are True or False
Users can also ask any this bot just about any fact and it will tell if the fact is false or true. So, this is a pretty powerful tool that encourages users to check forwarded news or facts before sharing them further.
Previously, the WHO and the Indian Government collaborated to add a Coronavirus information chatbot on WhatsApp. Now, with the Hindi support for the IFCN chatbot on WhatsApp, we just have to wait and see how much of an impact it makes in the prevention of the spread of fake news around communities.