The coronavirus pandemic has paralyzed hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world. Cities and even countries are under forced quarantine. Hackers took advantage of the situation: they attack the devices of people trying to learn more about the epidemic. Because of this, many people can not get real information about the spread of the virus, how to diagnose and treat it. Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Reddit, and Twitter decided to fight the situation.
Each company will use its own platforms and channels to filter unverified facts about the coronavirus. Reddit, for example, directs people to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website if they write the word "coronavirus" or "COVID-19" in the official app. Google has updated the Discover service in its app of the same name to allow users to report fake posts that are misleading.
Most people are used to getting information and news via the Internet and social networks. These companies have the maximum audience coverage and will try to provide only verified information. Together, they will be able to coordinate efforts and try to avoid the panic that has already begun to spread around the world.
Earlier, WhatsApp developers told about their own measures to combat fake news about the epidemic.