Tech giants are coming together to help the governments and communities in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. With the epidemic impacting the lives globally, there is an environment of fear and misinformation. Governments have announced policies and strategies to combat the deadly virus.
Tech firms are lending their advanced technologies, large social media platforms and funds to aid the ongoing endeavors for the atonement of the virus outbreak.
Global Tech Firms Coming Together to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak
Facebook has made sure that its massive user platform is not used to spread misinformation for the virus. Instead of acting as a platform for creating havoc and fear amongst communities, Facebook wants to help people fight the infection by creating awareness and the right education for preventive measures.
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It is making sure that the platform does not accentuate the misleading claims and malignant business prospects. The company has appointed its fact-checkers and regulators to combat fake claims and flag the posts which appear inept. Facebook is getting stricter with its policies and be removing the posts which look bad.
Google has made sure that the critical information from the government authorities and organizations is aptly shown when the users search for the info regarding Coronavirus. The search keywords related to Coronavirus are bind to the relevant and authorized pages which provide verified and correct information instead of invalid facts.
Google also offered official communication through its Twitter account Today, we launched an SOS Alert w/ @WHO, to make resources about #coronavirus easily accessible. When people search for related info on @Google, they’ll find the alert atop results page w/ direct access to safety tips, info, resources & Twitter updates from WHO.
The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba also announced that it would be collaborating with the Global Health Drug Discovery Institute in the fight against Coronavirus. The company is using Artificial Intelligence and the various technologies to create an open-source platform that can help track the virus spread across the areas. It is also funding the initiatives to develop AI tools that can help medical and health research agencies to assist in the cause.
Baidu, which is the Chinese Search Engine, has also extended its help for the company. Baidu uses its high-end cloud computing capabilities and AI technology to make sure the researcher can leverage its technologies to fight Coronavirus.
Microsoft founder foundation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also donating around 10 Million Dollars to China to help the centers in China and Africa. It said the funds would be used for the “to assist the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in scaling up public health measures against 2019-nCoV among African Union member states.”
Blue dot, a Canadian Startup had predicted the spread of Wuhan Coronavirus way back in November 2019. It used artificial intelligence to give the correct analysis of how and where the virus can spread.
The coronavirus crisis has brought the world at a corroborative standstill, and the tech firms are playing their part in making sure that the damage is minimal.