Tech Giants Join Hands To Fight Fraud & Misinformation About COVID-19
“We’re helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world”, the statement read.
(Google has activated an SOS alert to ensure authentic information on COVID-19)Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post that the company has “blocked tens of thousands of ads over the last six weeks’ in a crackdown on apps attempting to capitalise on the disease. Facebook & Instagram 'Information Cards' While Facebook and Instagram’s efforts include information cards to remove “harmful misinformation” related to COVID-19 from their platforms, they said they will link to information from WHO or local health authorities around the coronavirus and show this at the top of the home feed.
(Instagram linking COVID-19 information to official accounts such as WHO)Twitter & Coronavirus Twitter’s measures include “reviewing the Twitter rules in the context of COVID-19 and considering the ways in which they may need to evolve to account for new account behavior.” The company has also set up a dedicated COVID-19 Event to provide latest facts right at the top of the timeline.
(Twitter showing official links to WHO on top when one searches for COVID19)