Tech giants, Facebook, Reddit, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have issued a joint industry statement on how they are working towards combating the global coronavirus pandemic.
On their part, the tech companies have been taking measures to minimise the circulation of COVID-19 related misinformation on their platforms. Further, they are providing tech solutions to help netizens during the outbreak.
Microsoft recently launched an interactive map on Bing which lets users track the situation of the outbreak in particular countries and also get links to media reports and videos regarding the same. Likewise, Google is also providing similar solutions. Further, it has also banned unreliable apps related to coronavirus on its Play Store.
Meanwhile, earlier in January 2020, Facebook and Twitter had drawn plans to fight misinformation. As part of this move, Facebook began removing fake claims and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.
Further, the two companies have also linked coronavirus search results to more authoritative resources such as the CDC.