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Facebook, Google, YouTube and others to Fight Against the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
I’m a tech writer, world traveller, avocado-eater and dog lover, not always in that order.

Some of the worlds biggest social media and information sharing platforms have announced that they will be working together to protect their users from coronavirus-related misinformation. These companies include Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube.

“We are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts,” reads the joint industry statement from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube.

“We’re helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world. We invite other companies to join us as we work to keep our communities healthy and safe.”

This comes at a time where global tech-companies have been scrambling to resurface in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak – streaming platforms like YouTube were forced to demonetised ads, Twitter ordered its global workforce to work from home and Google deployed a 24-hour coronavirus incident response team.

One thing all the aforementioned heavy-weights have had in common is tackling the spread of fake news across their platforms.

According to The Verge, “tech companies have been more proactive than usual in taking down hoaxes cracking down on fraud and other abuses, like price gouging and fake coronavirus cures, but the issue has proved unprecedented in its complexity and scope” which is one possible reason why they have decided to band together.

There’s no word yet on exactly what this collaboration will mean for the companies or their users.

Edited by Jenna Delport
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