According tomedia MSPoweruser reported that the current coronavirus swept the world, countries are also scrambling to take measures to control the spread of the virus. Recently, people have seen a surge in content about the outburst on social media platforms. Although most of the messages only inform everyone of the outbreak, there is still a lot of information about coronaviruses, including a lot of fake news.
So Facebook, Google and Twitter have all decided to take action to curb the spread of misinformation. Immediately after WHO officially declared the coronavirus outbreak an “international public health emergency,” Google confirmed that it would display an SOS alert whenever a search was conducted in connection with the outbreak. SOS alerts will include the latest WHO updates, security tips, information, and resources.
Google has also donated $250,000 to the Red Cross Society of China to help it with its work and has raised $800,000 from Google employees.
Facebook, on the other hand, has taken steps to expose conspiracy theories on its platform. The company will use Face Check to notify users of fake news about the virus.
We will also begin to remove content marked by leading global health organizations and local health authorities with false claims or conspiracy theories that could harm those who believe in them.
We are doing this to extend existing policies to remove content that may cause personal injury.
We focus on statements aimed at preventing treatment or taking appropriate precautions. This includes claims related to the wrong treatment or prevention methods, such as drinking bleach that can cure coronaviruses, or confusing existing health resources.
Facebook is more determined to deal with false information surrounding the coronavirus than its other initiatives, such as cracking down on anti-vaccine sons on Facebook. The company has used fact-checking to deal with anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, but they are still allowed to be used on the platform.
Twitter also took immediate action after the virus was declared an international emergency. The company has partnerships with organizations in 14 countries, including the United States, Australia and Japan, and says it will “expand to more regions as needed.”
We’ve launched a new dedicated search tip to ensure that when you access the service to get information about the hashtag, you get reliable authoritative information first.
Twitter noted that it had not seen “significant coordination attempts to spread false information” on the platform, but that more than 15 million tweets had been posted over the past four weeks.