No, WHO not offering free data for coronavirus info

A post shared on Facebook in Kenya claims that the World Health Organization is offering free internet access, so people can easily find information about the Covid-19 pandemic.

It claims that users can get “4GB data per day till 30th april” if they register with their email addresses. 

The post includes a link to an external website, but this website does not mention the WHO or free data packages. It appears to be clickbait, and may carry possibly harmful links. 

(Note: Please be careful as malware from suspicious websites could damage your computer or phone and compromise your privacy.)

‘Fake news. Ignore’

Similar posts have been shared on Twitter, with the promise that the WHO is giving away 1 gigabyte per day. Is the international organisation really offering free data? 

No. WHO Kenya have shared a screenshot of one of the posts with a red “FAKE NEWS” stamp on it, on their official Twitter account. They tweeted “Fake news! Ignore.”

The claims of free data are false. – Grace Gichuhi 


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