Technology companies are fighting wrong information about the Coronavirus



Several major social media companies in the world have announced that they are working together to combat the misinformation surrounding the emerging epidemic of Coronavirus and disease (COVID-19), according to a joint statement published on Facebook on the Internet, and signed the joint statement by Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, and LinkedIn Reddit and Twitter.




“We help millions of people stay in touch as well as jointly fight fraud and misinformation about the virus, enhance the presence of reliable content on our platforms, share critical updates in coordination with government health care agencies around the world, and invite other companies to join us from In order to keep our societies healthy and safe. ”




The joint statement comes at a time when social media companies are under tremendous pressure to eradicate spreading fake Coronavirus treatments, pseudo-test methods, and other inaccurate or misleading allegations that have spread across social media platforms.




Facebook and Twitter have taken steps to block content about the emerging coronavirus, which could cause harm, and the two companies said they will highlight government agency information under searches for terminology related to the new coronavirus.




Google announced a team that responds to the emergence of the Coronavirus incidents around the clock, and said it is working to remove the wrong information from its search results and its platform for the YouTube video, in addition to promoting accurate information from health agencies.




And Verily, Google's sister company, released a still patchy website that aims to direct Americans to test sites, after President Donald Trump announced the site before it was ready.




The sheer volume of fake news, described by the World Health Organization as "an excessive amount of information related to a problem making the solution more difficult", is a test for technology companies about their ability to effectively reduce the spread of misinformation.




Newsguard, which ranks websites according to reliability, said in early March that users had shared links to fraudulent healthcare sites on social media platforms over the past 90 days, 142 times more compared to links to official websites, such as: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Them and who.




Facebook, Google and Twitter platforms have come under criticism from lawmakers and critics who claim that companies are not doing enough to eliminate harmful and misleading content in other contexts, such as: violent extremism, electronic stalking, and political advertising, before the outbreak of the new Corona virus.





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