Technological giants fight against infection with coronavirus, fake news and conspiracy theories
Technology giants Facebook, Google and Twitter are desperately trying to stop misinformation about the spread of Wuhan’s coronavirus online.
Viral publications have been circulating on Twitter, including claims that the deadly condition can be treated with oregano oil and people who call it a ‘fashionable disease’.
Other extravagant hoaxes circulating in social networks include the implication that the US government. UU. He has patented the coronavirus.
Fact verifiers have discovered that this is completely false and Silicon Valley technology firms are struggling to stop the spread of such claims to avoid mass hysteria.
A total of 18 nations, including the US The USA, Australia, Canada and France have confirmed cases of coronaviruses.
Now it is confirmed that the disease has infected at least 4,500 people worldwide and killed 106 in China since the outbreak a month ago.
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The image above shared by the National Microbiology Data Center of China shows the first specimen of the new coronavirus, known as ‘2019-nCov’, taken from a patient
Thai Airways employees are photographed disinfecting an empty plane cabin at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok today, January 28. Thailand has 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus, mostly outside of China
the Washington Post He reports that the cyber world has also been infected with several objectively incorrect conspiracy theories.
Facebook confirmed to the publication that seven partner organizations had issued nine verifications of coronavirus data.
When these were brought to attention on Facebook, they were labeled as inaccurate and degraded in user feeds.
“This situation is evolving rapidly and we will continue our reach to global and regional health organizations to provide support and assistance,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said in a statement to the newspaper.
One publication claimed that oregano oil was effective against coronavirus. This is false and experts have said that creating a vaccine could take up to two months.
The publication was widely shared among several closed groups on Facebook, but dates back to an original publication of more than ten years.
The killer coronavirus outbreak has now killed 106 people and killed more than 4,500. Cases have been detected in Canada, the United States, France and Australia.
Experts say that the difficulty of containing the coronavirus is that many patients have mild cold-like symptoms and do not realize they have the infection.
Twitter is also trying to guide users away from meaningless posts that could threaten people’s safety, and to legitimate sources.
In the United States, this includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. YouTube, owned by Google, said its algorithm also prioritizes more credible sources.
Despite these efforts, false information is still getting a lot of traction in the dark corners of the sites, with some videos accumulating hundreds of thousands of visits.
For example, a prominent Twitter user called the coronavirus a ‘fashion disease’ and referred to the government’s claim to buy a patent.
Fact verifiers widely refuted this, but the tweet still received 5,800 likes.
A YouTube video, which accuses the “deep state” government of using coronavirus to divert attention from President Trump’s political trial has also been viewed more than 2,000 times.
While technology companies can filter these publications from an overview, by unchecking them in search results, they still exist on the web and, once found, can lead users to a maze of conspiracy theories.
Farshad Shadloo, a YouTube spokesman, said the company is “investing heavily to increase authorized content on our site and reduce the spread of misinformation on YouTube.”
While Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough added policies that ban coordinated efforts to deceive people.
He said the company is also expanding a function in the Asia-Pacific region so that ‘when an individual searches for a hashtag he immediately finds authorized health information from the right sources,’ reports the Washington Post.
Social media companies have recently been criticized for not taking severe enough measures about wrong health information.
Anti-vaxxers that influence people so they don’t give their children routine bumps have found devout followers on social media.
Health experts have repeatedly called for measures to stop the spread of these claims, which contradict all modern science.
Coronavirus: what we know so far
What is this virus?
The virus has been identified as a new type of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of pathogens, most of which cause mild respiratory infections, such as the common cold.
But coronaviruses can also be deadly. SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, is caused by a coronavirus and killed hundreds of people in China and Hong Kong in the early 2000s.
Yes, 106 people have died so far after testing positive for the virus.
What are the symptoms?
Its symptoms are typically fever, cough and shortness of breath, but some patients have developed pneumonia, a life-threatening infection that causes inflammation of the small alveoli in the lungs. People who carry the new coronavirus can only have mild symptoms, such as a sore throat. Experts fear they may have a common cold and not seek medical attention.
How is it detected?
The genetic sequencing of the virus was launched by scientists in China to the rest of the world to allow other countries to quickly diagnose potential new cases. This helps other countries respond quickly to disease outbreaks.
To contain the virus, airports are detecting people infected with temperature controls. But as with all viruses, it has an incubation period, which means that detection is not always possible because symptoms have not yet appeared.
How did it start and spread?
The first cases identified were among people related to Huanan’s wholesale seafood market in Wuhan.
Since then, cases have been identified in other places that could have spread through transmission from person to person.
What are countries doing to prevent the spread?
The countries of Asia have intensified airport surveillance. They include Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Australia and the United States are also evaluating patients for high temperature, and the United Kingdom announced that it will examine passengers returning from Wuhan.
Is it similar to something we’ve seen before?
Experts have compared it to the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The epidemic began in southern China and killed more than 700 people in mainland China, Hong Kong and elsewhere.
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