With the outbreak of new coronary pneumonia, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared an international public health emergency to remind the world of the virus. Yet on social media platforms where everyone can speak out, there is a lot of unverified information circulating. In order to reassure users, Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech giants have been in time to strictly control the spread of false information.
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Google says it will respond to SOS alerts to users when someone searches for content related to the outbreak. This includes WHO message updates, security tips, and other information and resources.
At the same time, Google donated $250,000 to the Red Cross Society of China to help it with its work. In addition, Google employees raised $800,000.
Facebook, on the other hand, has taken steps to expose conspiracy theories on its platform — using the Face Check tool to inform users of fake news about the virus.
Facebook is committed to cleaning up false or conspiracy theories posted by non-WHO or local health authorities to prevent it from misleading and harming credulous people.
Twitter also took action following the WHO’s announcement of an international emergency, establishing partnerships with organizations in 14 regions, including the United States, Australia and Japan. Further expansion will be made to more regions as needed.
When users want information about the new coronary pneumonia outbreak (#Coronavirus), Twitter will enable a new dedicated search prompt tool to ensure that visitors first have access to authoritative, reliable sources.