It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Google has changed the way we live. Before search engines, information was limited to books and journals – now it’s practically everywhere.
From simple recipes to the most advanced mathematic solutions, you name it and Google has it. With a simple click of your finger, everything you need is within arm’s length.
During the pandemic, Google’s motto “Do the right thing,” remains unchanged.
To help Filipinos get easier access to information about the COVID-19 health crisis, the US tech giant launched a new initiative – in the form of dedicated information pages.
People can access these pages by typing in specific keywords such as ‘COVID-19,’ ‘COVID-19 Vaccine,’ ‘Coronavirus,’ or ‘COVID.’
The information that will be displayed will automatically be curated for people, particularly the country they’re accessing the web in. This means that only relevant details and updates will be displayed on search results.
Apart from this, Google has also set up a similar function on its YouTube pages – to curb the spread of ‘fake information’ or ‘fake news’ regarding COVID-19 on its video streaming platform.
The information boxes will appear automatically on videos talking about COVID-19 – vaccines, symptoms, and other related topics.
In addition to this, Google has also started taking down videos with ‘false claims’ and ‘dangerous suggestions’ when it comes to coronavirus.
In a statement, the company said it’s their way of connecting people to information that they can trust and has been confirmed.
“Google is committed to protecting our platforms from misinformation—and connecting more people to the information they can trust. That includes taking down harmful and misleading content across our products, raising authoritative information on Search and YouTube, providing ad grants, and supporting quality news reporting on vaccines.
Globally, more than 700,000 videos related to dangerous or false COVID-19 information have been removed and our information panels on YouTube have been viewed 400 billion times, making them a valuable source of credible information,” explained Google Philippines Country Director Bernadette Nacario.
Google has also partnered with the Department of Health (DOH) for its ‘Check the FAQs’ campaign. Social media applications like Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok have released similar safety functions on their platforms.
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