Facebook is letting the World Health Organization (WHO) advertise for free in an effort to combat misinformation on the global a post late Tuesday.outbreak. The social network wants you to feel confident that updates are “credible and accurate,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in
“If you search for coronavirus on Facebook, you’ll see a pop-up that directs you to the World Health Organization or your local health authority for the latest information,” he wrote. “If you’re in a country where the WHO has reported person-to-person transmission, you’ll also see it in your News Feed.”
Zuckerberg also noted that his site is working with various countries’ health ministries and organizations including the CDC and UNICEF. It plans to give ad credits to other groups as well.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, responded to Zuckerberg’s post on Wednesday, thanking the social media site for making “robust contributions” to the fight against COVID-19.
“To stop the new coronavirus from spreading, it is essential that users of social media, search platforms and digital devices have easy access to evidence-based advice, in their languages, and be spared dangerous falsehoods,” wrote Ghebreyesus. “There’s no time like the present for the digital world to show solidarity and create innovative solutions to promote health and keep the world safe.”
The new strain of coronavirus, more than 93,000 people and caused nearly 3,200 deaths globally., causes a pneumonia-like illness and was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December. It has now infected
about the illness have spread via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok. Last week, Facebook that mention a cure or preventative measures.
It’s alsoand withdrawn from the SXSW conference and festivals.
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