The Coronavirus outbreak that started in the city of Wuhan, China, is worrying the world. The virus, which has killed more than a hundred people and has already spread to almost 20 countries, has been the reason for some containment decisions, especially after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a state of public health emergency. on January 30th.
After tech companies like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft limited their collaborators’ travel to China, with the exception of visits that are critical to their business, Facebook and Google decided to “tighten up” on false information about the Coronavirus.
Today we launched an SOS Alert for searches at Google related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. We do these regularly for crisis events around the world where public safety might be at risk . Here’s a refresher on what you’ll find…. pic.twitter.com/RpwZE6gTvM— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) January 30, 2020
Google has launched an SOS alert on its search engine. Each time a user searches for information about the Coronavirus, they will be presented with updated official WHO data.
The company’s global network of fact-checkers, led by Mark Zuckerberg, will strengthen its operations by identifying and reviewing content that is not true in relation to the viral outbreak. The platform explains in a publication on your blog that when false information appears, its dissemination is limited both on Facebook and Instagram. Notifications will also be sent to people who have already shared or tried to send such content.
Facebook also indicates that it will remove content that discourages treatment or taking appropriate action, including publications about false cures and prevention methods, confusing information about available resources and hashtags with wrong data. The social network says it is cooperating with health organizations to help the public to be properly informed.