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Armed with social media, Zimbabwean youth fight coronavirus 'infodemic'

To stem the spread of the disease, Zimbabwean youth working with development charity Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) have taken to Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and radio to comb through online comments, identify and correct COVID-19 misinformation. The spread of coronavirus misinformation has been a global issue, with the World Health Organization describing it as an “infodemic”. While tech giants WhatsApp and Facebook have teamed up with African governments to tackle fake news through interactive bots, adverts and push notifications, VSO volunteers are leading the battle within their communities.

Reuters - July 23, 2020

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