Wednesday April 1, 2020

WhatsApp must find way to solve the Covid-19 conundrum

The messaging service wants to stop coronavirus misinformation being spread on its platform, but its encryption technology is a stumbling block

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

@emmetjryan
22nd March, 2020
WhatsApp launched a coronavirus hub to show it was taking action to limit the spread of misinformation. Picture: Getty

After several days of being easily one of the worst places for coronavirus information, WhatsApp took measures midweek to try to be a force for good during the Covid-19 crisis.

Users of the messaging app, owned by Facebook, spawned many scare stories that had the same air to them as chain letters of the past. The rumour mill was rampant in the front half of the week, with most Irish users receiving some kind of...

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