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Coronavirus: Google, Facebook and Microsoft's actions to curb fake news


Google, Facebook and Microsoft, three of the great technologies, announced various initiatives to collaborate with entities, companies and people around the world to mitigate the social and economic impacts of the

coronavirus pandemic

.

The limitation of the movement of workers and students in countries such as China, Italy and Spain (

and, from today, Argentina

) has encouraged – and sometimes forced – institutions to adopt

non-contact modalities of work and education

, supporting a good part of this transformation in computer tools that, in some cases, have been "released" for general use and, in others, only for institutions dealing with the crisis.

Facebook

For example, he started offering his premium telework tool,

Workplace Advanced

, free of charge for the next 12 months for emergency services and entities such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

For his part, for some days,

Microsoft

offers companies to try for free

office 365

providing unlimited chat, integrated group or one-to-one audio or video calling, 10 GB of team file storage, and 2 GB of personal file storage per user.

"

Microsoft Teams


is the main collaboration tool for Office365. This platform allows collaborative classrooms to be created with students, offering online classes with the possibility of recording them ", they explained from the company founded by Bill Gates.

Google

instead, bet on

G Suite for Education

, a free range of productivity tools that enable teaching and learning.

Against disinformation in networks

Companies have also announced a reinforcement of their campaigns against disinformation.

Google encouraged the use of "SOS Alerts" that connects the searches of people in the news section with reliable information from the WHO or, in the Argentine case, with the National Ministry of Health.

YouTube, for its part, will put links on its home page to direct users "to information from WHO or other locally relevant authorized organizations" and highlight that content.
        
        
when people search for Covid-19

        

 .

Meanwhile, "work is continuing to quickly remove any content that contains dangerous and misleading information, and that aims to provide tips for the coronavirus instead of seeking medical treatment," they commented from the company.

Instead, Facebook made a donation of 1 million dollars to the Poynter Institute's International Data Verification Network (IFCN), which covers more than 100 local organizations in at least 45 countries and which in Argentina is identified as Checked.

WhatsApp, which is also from Facebook, reported that it is working with the WHO and UNICEF to "provide messenger hotlines for people around the world to use" as sources of accurate information about the disease.

Regarding the virus, Google is working with its neural network systems known as AlphaFold to publish predictions about the structure of various proteins associated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

"These predictions of structure have not yet been verified experimentally, but the hope is that by accelerating their release they can contribute to the scientific community's understanding of how the virus works and to experimental work in the development of future treatments," they commented from the Californian company.

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. (tagsToTranslate) Coronavirus: the actions of Google (t) Facebook and Microsoft to stop the false news – LA NACION