Tech majors join hands to fight coronavirus related misinformation and fraud

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March 17, 2020, 2:54 PM UTC

Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube announced a coordinated response to COVID-19 crisis.

The joint statement announced by the seven major companies said they are helping people stay connected amid pandemic situation, while jointly combating fraud and misinformation regarding the virus. They are also elevating authoritative content and sharing critical updates from government healthcare agencies across countries.

It is unclear how the joint effort would take place or how it would affect the existing moderation policies. But, tech companies have been more increasingly proactive in taking down coronavirus cure hoaxes.

According to the Washington Post, representatives from tech companies met with the Trump administration last week to discuss measures to combat coronavirus misinformation jointly. The article states the White House was “forced debunk a rumour circulation on social media” regarding national lockdown to halt the spread of COVID-19.

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