Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Wednesday that the company will launch a new coronavirus information center that will appear at the top of each user’s news feed and encourage them to focus on advice about staying at a social distance,media reported. “The broadest consensus at the moment is that the biggest role Facebook can do is to encourage people to take advice about staying at a social distance seriously,” Zuckerberg said. “
Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook’s new Coronary Virus Information Center was built with its medical partners. Within the next 24 hours, the information center will be rolled out to users in the U.S. and Europe and to Facebook users around the world in the coming days.
“Our goal is to bring authoritative information from GDC, WHO and other organizations to all those who use our services,” he said. “
The company also announced that it will provide its enterprise communications software Workplace free of charge to the government and emergency services over the next 12 months.
“We want to make sure we do everything we can to support public health responses,” Zuckerberg said. Some of the work these people are doing is very heroic, and I personally appreciate what they have done. “
Zuckerberg said the pandemic of the new coronavirus has led to a significant increase in users’ use of Facebook’s services “in all affected countries.” Specifically, the use of voice calls in WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger services has more than doubled as normal. As the new coronavirus continues to spread, Facebook is working to ensure that its infrastructure supports this growing user size.
“We really need to make sure that Facebook is in the lead in these areas from an infrastructure perspective to make sure that services don’t crash and that Facebook continues to provide the level of service that people need,” Zuckerberg said. “
The new coronavirus has had a huge impact on the company. Facebook’s shares have fallen more than 33 percent so far this year, and the Standard and Poor’s 500 index is down 22 percent as uncertainty over the new coronavirus drags the market down.
Facebook said this week it would launch a $100 million program to support small businesses affected by the new coronavirus. The company also announced a $1,000 bonus for its nearly 45,000 full-time employees.
On February 27th Facebook canceled the F8 annual software developer conference. In early March, the company began asking employees to work from home and canceled other meetings. Earlier this month, Facebook temporarily banned ads for medical masks.