Online services join forces to combat coronavirus misinformation

The major online platforms have joined forces to efficiently combat misinformation and scams surrounding the coronavirus spread. They also want to bring competent information more to the forefront and disseminate important messages from health authorities, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, Microsoft and LinkedIn announced.


There were initially no details about what the cooperation actually entails. In recent days, false or dubious information about the novel coronavirus had appeared on the platforms in many cases. They already took individual action against it and removed, for example, advertising for alleged cures.

At the same time, online criminals are targeting users with spam emails on coronavirus topics. The IT security company Eset warned that there are currently e-mails in circulation with supposed information about the coronavirus from renowned institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which contain a harmful PDF file as an attachment. Opening the file could infect the computer. (SDA)

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