MILAN (Reuters) - fb Inc. Launched a provider in Italy to check the accuracy of facts on coronavirus circulating on its messaging platform WhatsApp, the U.S. Tech company stated on Thursday.

In a fresh try to combat manipulated content, fb stated it turned into running with local truth checking provider Facta that is studying content material circulating on WhatsApp, consisting of video, audio or pix.

customers can send content material to Facta thru a WhatsApp message to check it's miles actual.

WhatsApp is the most famous messaging platform in Italy, the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak in Europe.

site visitors on the platform has spiked since the authorities placed the us of a under lockdown as users grew to become to social media to preserve in contact with household and pals.

however the messaging app has also been a vehicle for hoaxes over alleged dramatic situations in hospitals and motion pictures claiming that the virus, which has killed thirteen,915 humans in Italy, were created in a laboratory - or did no longer exist at all.

WhatsApp, which has 2 billion users worldwide, has been searching for approaches to forestall the platform being used to spread fake news.