The World Health Organization Has Joined TikTok

As soon as news of coronavirus started spreading, so did misinformation.

In an effort to prevent the spread of misinformation, The World Health Organization joined social media platform, TikTok on Friday.

It’s part of their fight against what they call a massive “‘infodemic’ – an over-abundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.”

So far they may only have two posts but together they have been liked over a million times and viewed over 38 million times.

In the first post, Benedetta Allegranzi, Technical Lead of infection prevention and control takes us through the measures you can adopt to protect yourself from coronavirus.

In the second, Dr. April Baller from the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, who talks us through appropriate mask application and removal.

And it’s good they have, The Washington Post wrote on Saturday that an unpublished US State Department report found that roughly 2 million tweets on the coronavirus were spreading dangerous and untrue conspiracy theories. And considering a huge chunk of the world’s population now only get their news through social media platforms and accounts with no onus for fact-checking; you’re looking at a huge issue.

No doubt the WHO will branch into all sorts of health-related posts on TikTok, as their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels share a multitude of information on all sorts of health issues.

No word on when the Renegade dancing posts will start.