Facebook is taking proactive steps to build solutions to inform people about Covid-19. The new Community Hub will provide tips and resources to help users stay in touch with friends, family, colleagues, and community. The main objective of the hub is to prevent the spread of misinformation.
In an official blog post, Stan Chudnovsky, VP of Messenger wrote, “Messenger helps you feel together with the people you care about, even when you can’t be together. Around the world, we’ve seen significant increases in people using Messenger for group calls to stay in touch with their loved ones. Globally, 70% more people are participating in group video calls and time spent on group video calls has doubled. Whether it’s a one-on-one conversation with a friend or a video call with your extended family, Messenger can help keep you connected to your support system and help get us through these challenging times.”
The Community Hub will also recommend activists like scheduling a virtual playdate, connecting with kids’ teachers or other parents for school updates, and organising group video chats or text groups. It also highlights new ways to identify false or misleading information. Facebook has added interactive tools to help you avoid online scams related to Covid-19 treatments or fundraising.
Facebook is also exploring new options like testing stricter limits for how many chats users can forward to at one time. Facebook has already banned ads related to hand sanitiser, medical masks, and Covid-19 kits.