An Indian alliance is brewing in Silicon Valley, as the largest technology companies have banded together for a common enemy: the coronavirus.
This is because COVID-19 not only represents a complex economic threat, but also because it is a social problem that calls into question the value of these platforms.
The group includes Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube. The seven companies sent a joint statement Monday, March 16, announcing the fight against fraud and misinformation about the pandemic.
The technology industry is working closely together in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world on COVID-19 response efforts. Read our full statement. pic.twitter.com/Xn0fhyJLXm
– Google Public Policy (@googlepubpolicy) March 17, 2020
A joint industry statement on COVID-19 from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube: pic.twitter.com/uKEXvjMuBi
– Microsoft (@Microsoft) March 17, 2020
The statement from the seven technology giants reads as follows: "We are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts," reads the joint statement. We are helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly fighting the fraud and misinformation about the virus, we elevate authorized content on our platforms and share critical updates in coordination with government health care agencies around the world. We invite other companies to join us as we work to keep our communities healthy and safe.
Although there has not been a detail from each company to explain well how they are going to commit to fighting the disease, the truth is that some things can already be outlined.
For example, Facebook and Twitter use their resources to avoid misinformation from people and to block content that may cause confusion. Microsoft has been putting resources like Microsoft Teams free for remote work, YouTube has stopped monetizing coronavirus related videos, Google is working alongside the United States government on an information platform, while Linkedin and Reddit contribute from their communities to generate responsible conversations.
The week of March 10, representatives from Silicon Valley companies met with the Donald Trump administration to discuss steps they could take as an industry to combat misinformation about the coronavirus, according to The Washington Post.