Saturday April 4, 2020

Health minister takes to WhatsApp to get the truth out

Simon Harris to record voice messages to counteract hoaxes that have been spread on platform

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

@aarrogan
22nd March, 2020
Simon Harris: the Minister for Health is urging people to follow advice from reliable sources Picture: Rollingnews

Simon Harris will use WhatsApp to spread truthful information about Covid-19 as the government has become increasingly concerned that hoaxes on the app are undermining efforts to slow the virus.

A number of false rumours about the army being deployed to oversee a full lockdown of Ireland have been shared widely on the Facebook-owned app in the last two weeks, causing distrust and panic. They are often recorded as voice messages with someone claiming to...

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