Facebook today announced a plan to support government health organizations around the world in their fight against the new corona virus,media reported. Starting this week, the company’s development partners will expand their response to the crisis by providing Messenger, Facebook’s instant messaging service with more than 1.3 billion users, to WHO and the United Nations health agency.
It is understood that Facebook’s plan is international, its goal is to link government health agencies with developers so that developers can share information about the new virus in a timely and accurate manner. The tech giant said several of its partners had offered to offer free services and said they would help in areas such as automatic answering frequently asked questions.
As part of the project, developers will also show WHO how to share updates with users and transition from automated conversations to real-time agents if necessary, said Stan Chudnovsky, vice president of Facebook Messenger. “Communities around the world are dealing with the disruption of isolation and other daily life as a result of the outbreak of the new coronavirus,” Chudnovsky said in a statement. As is common in any crisis, digital channels like Messenger are being used to keep in touch and get information from reliable health authorities who are on the front lines in the fight against this global epidemic. “
Organisations such as UNICEF and the National Health Service, Management and Coordination (NHSRC) are already using Messenger to ensure people have access to the latest information on the new coronavirus. The same is true of Argentina’s Ministry of Health and Innovation, which has launched a Messenger feature to provide public answers to questions about the new coronavirus and to provide official advice around the clock.
In addition, Facebook announced that it will work with Devpost to run a Messenger hacking marathon around new crown outbreaks such as protecting social distance, educating people and getting people educated and getting information. Participants will receive unique Messenger-related content, while the winner will be guided by Facebook engineers and invited to Facebook’s F8 2021 developer conference, as well as the opportunity to participate in the upcoming F8 hacking marathon.
In addition, in an effort to limit the spread of new virus error messages, a Facebook spokesman told the media that the company is exploring options, such as a stricter limit on the number of messages forwarded by chat app Messenger users at a time. Application researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered the feature over the weekend, but it has not yet been externally tested in development.
In January 2019, Facebook limited the number of messages That WhatsApp users can forward to five to crack down on fake messages and rumors. Until then, WhatsApp users can forward a message to 20 individuals or groups.