The World Health Organization (WHO) and Rakuten Viber are collaborating to fight misinformation on coronavirus using an interactive multi-language chatbot that will be available globally.
The new WHO interactive chatbot on Viber aims to disseminate accurate information about Covid-19 in multiple languages, according to a statement issued by WHO.
The chatbot is currently available in English, Arabic, Russian, and will soon be translated into 20 more languages, including Bangla.
The bot highlights the most commonly asked questions and latest news on coronavirus, the statement added.
There are various sections on the bot: Latest News, Protect Yourself, Mask Usage, Travel Recommendations, and Myth.
Myth is an interactive quiz to test the knowledge of the users about the virus. The "Donate Now" button prompts users to support fight against the pandemic by donating to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
World Health Organization Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "WHO aims to reach as many people as possible with reliable health information through innovative digital technology.
"Information is power and can help save lives during this pandemic."
The chatbot is free and already available for all Viber users globally. The bot is available through this link as well: https://vb.me/c6e9fa