Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that his company has decided to take down videos that spread fake information about Coronavirus. He said the company has deleted thousands of videos associated with misleading coronavirus information.
Blocking hundreds of videos
According to a report published by the Hindu, using Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based technology, Google apart from deleting thousand of videos has also blocked hundreds of thousands of ads attempting to benefit on the coronavirus pandemic.
“Last week, we announced a temporary ban on all ads for medical masks and respirators. We continue to remove videos that promote medically unproven methods to prevent coronavirus in place of seeking medical treatment. On Google Maps, our automated and manual review systems continue to take down false and harmful content such as fake reviews and misleading information about healthcare locations,” Pichai elaborated.
Building a website to guide people
Pichai informed that Google is teaming up with the U.S. government in creating a website dedicated to COVID-19 education, prevention, and local resources nationwide.
A website that will help direct people to testing facilities. “With local and national guidance evolving rapidly, Google will continue working with relevant agencies and authorities to roll out a website later this week that will surface authoritative information for people in the U.S., including on screening and testing,” Google said in a statement.
Now, the Google home page is promoting the ‘Do the Five’ campaign to raise awareness of simple measures people can take to slow the spread of the disease, according to the WHO.
1 – Hands. Wash them often
2- Elbow. Cough into it
3- Face. Don’t touch it
4- Feet. Stay more than 3ft apart
5- Feel sick? Stay home
“In the first 24 hours, these tips have already been seen by millions in the U.S.,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote Sunday.
“On YouTube, we’re using the home page to direct users to videos from the CDC or other locally relevant public health agencies. We’re highlighting content from authoritative sources when people search for COVID-19 and inserting information panels to provide additional context from high-quality sources,” Pichai said.