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

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...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Revenue moves to reassure businesses over scheme as Eurogroup president calls for EU rescue plan for Spain and Italy

Aaron Rogan | 7 hours ago

National system to be introduced in May would have meant higher bills for more than 100,000 businesses

Michael Brennan | 8 hours ago

A moratorium on rent and mortgage interest would stop emergency measures having a disproportionate effect on businesses

Donnchadh Woulfe | 10 hours ago