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The World Health Organization (WHO) and Wikimedia, the foundation that manages Wikipedia, have joined forces to fight against the fake news circulating about the coronavirus.
The goal is to "expand public access to the most recent and reliable information on Covid-19," the WHO said on Thursday in a press release, relayed by
Reliable data, provided by WHO, will now be available on Wikipedia.
The approximately 250,000 voluntary publishers will translate them into many languages.
The figures, videos and infographics will then be accessible free of charge to Internet users.
The World Health Organization and @Wikimedia Foundation expand access to trusted information about # COVID19 on @Wikipedia 👉 https://t.co/G6pxbDyYrp pic.twitter.com/MeHFimghvK
- World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) October 22, 2020
"Fair and trustworthy" access to information on the coronavirus
The data may be used for any type of publication, including for commercial content.
Users will only be required to cite their source.
WHO will then continue to provide Wikipedia with recent data.
According to the executive director of Wikimedia, it is necessary "that everyone has equitable and trustworthy access to knowledge in matters of public health".
The online encyclopedia is one of the ten most visited websites in the world.
It is also one of the resources most frequently used by Internet users to learn about health topics.
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