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TikTok Relies on WHO, Indian State Police Departments to Offer Accurate Coronavirus Information to Users

WHO has hosted two live streams while Indian state police departments are actively using TikTok to spread accurate coronavirus information.

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TikTok Relies on WHO, Indian State Police Departments to Offer Accurate Coronavirus Information to Users

TikTok has millions of users around the world, some of them first-time mobile users

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  • TikTok and WHO have teamed up to offer accurate coronavirus information
  • Indian state police departments are also offering information on TikTok
  • TikTok has millions of users around the world

With the coronavirus pandemic reaching new heights every day, a majority of the world's population is trying to self isolate. In such a situation, a lot of people are turning to social media platforms to stay informed. Social media platforms have struggled to keep fake news from propagating across their networks. Time and again, they've failed at it. But with the coronavirus pandemic growing, social media platforms want to do everything it takes. TikTok is also taking steps to offer accurate information during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For starters, TikTok has partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) to host a live stream on Thursday. The video-sharing app has put up a dedicated page in collaboration with WHO to spread awareness about the COVID-19 illness-causing coronavirus. The company intends on offering trustworthy and accurate information to the millions of users it has globally.

@who

FACT: The new ##coronavirus can be transmitted in areas with hot & humid climates. ##COVID19

♬ original sound - who

Earlier this week, WHO put up a live stream from its official TikTok page to share relevant information on the coronavirus pandemic while advising users about what they should and shouldn't be doing. Users were also invited to ask questions that they may have regarding coronaviruses.

Besides WHO, several state police departments in India are also spreading awareness using their TikTok handles. The main idea is to prevent spreading of misinformation regarding COVID-19 in India. So far, Kerala Police, Bengaluru City Police, and Durg Police have used TikTok as a platform to spread awareness about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

TikTok isn't alone, both Facebook and Twitter have committed to fighting misinformation during the coronavirus outbreak in the last few weeks. Facebook and Google have reportedly collaborated to track infections in the US. Google is also removing fake coronavirus videos from YouTube.

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Harpreet Singh Harpreet is the community manager at Gadgets 360. He loves all things tech, and can be found hunting for good deals when he is not shopping online. He has written about deals and e-commerce in India for many years, as well as covering social media and breaking technology news. More
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