On February 14th Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) met with representatives of more than a dozen U.S. technology companies to discuss blocking the spread of false information about the new coronavirus. The MEETING, sponsored by WHO, took place at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, CNBC reported Thursday. The meeting included representatives from more than a dozen U.S. technology companies, including Facebook, Google and Amazon, two people familiar with the matter said.
WHO officials reportedly presented the organization’s response to the new coronavirus at the same day’s meeting, while business representatives at the meeting elaborated on their business ideas for responding to the outbreak.
CNBC reported that the main topic of discussion at the meeting was how the companies were trying to contain the spread of misinformation about the outbreak. Andy Pattinson, who represents the WORLD, said technology companies were stepping up efforts to combat false information about the new coronavirus.
Pattinson also said he proposed at the meeting to help these companies verify information posted by them or their users, rather than relying on third parties.
CNBC reported that some bad actors are using the opportunity to try to profit from the new coronavirus as people look for information about the new virus. Reports say there have been books on Amazon that render viral fears, and fake news continues to spread on Facebook and other social platforms. Vitamin C can also pop up when searching on large retailers due to false reports.
Mr Pattinson said Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites were still awash with disinformation, which he called an “information epidemic.”