Ivory Coast: WA Fm, the webradio that counter disinformation on WhatsApp

Nearly 600 subscribers already follow the webradio. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / File Photo

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WA Fm is the name of a new webradio created to fight against fake news in Côte d'Ivoire, especially those related to the coronavirus.


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Launched since the end of March, this participative webradio is mainly broadcast on WhatsApp messaging. Every evening, subscribers receive most of the news related to the coronavirus in the country, the progression of the virus or interviews with health or civil figures.

Israel Guebo, journalist and founder of webradio explains that it was to fight against "the infox" that he thought of this project: " We realized that there was a lot of false information circulating on internet and that government awareness messages weren't large. So we formed a media to inform, raise awareness and educate people. "

Over 500 contributors

And for the production of the subjects, Israel can count on 500 voluntary contributors, distributed in 14 countries around the world. They meet daily in a Facebook group to discuss different subject ideas. When the subjects are validated by the founder, they are processed and sent by WhatsApp to the latter who takes care of the distribution to subscribers.

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To be included in the mailing list and join the 600 subscribers of WA Fm on WhatsApp, just send Info to +225 440 471 97. It is also possible to follow the webradio on Facebook or Twitter , where it already gathers 3,000 people who receive the information after it has been broadcast on WhatsApp.

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  • Ivory Coast
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