Facebook’s instant messaging service will take part in the global fight against Covid-19. In fact, the company uses third-party developers to help improve Facebook Messenger so that it can be used to share accurate information and respond to people’s questions.
Facebook Messenger is launching a new program to help healthcare organizations around the world fight the pandemic. The platform indeed wishes to highlight the official information provided by the authorities in order to dissipate the fake news which continues to circulate despite the efforts made. Just a few days ago, all the tech giants agreed on a joint declaration in order to better combat disinformation on their respective platforms. After which, Twitter then announced it would put in place stricter measures to remove tweets spreading fake news. Facebook is less aggressive and the new Messenger program will allow interested people to find out correct information about Covid-19.
How does this new Facebook Messenger program work?
In fact, third-party developers are volunteering to help government health agencies and health agencies of the United Nations (World Health Organization) be able to use Messenger to share information about Covid-19 as well as answer questions from users.
If official information about Covid-19 is easier for everyone to access, it should be easier to stem all the fake news and scams about it. In addition, since the beginning of the quarantine in the world, Messenger knows an increased activity by all the confined people who use the platform to stay in touch.
Finally, Facebook Messenger has also teamed up with the hackathon organizer, Devpost, to launch an online hackathon. With this approach, the company hopes to “encourage developers to create tools on the messaging platform that tackle problems”.
Developers will have the opportunity to help develop an educational tool that could be used by students who are currently taking online courses. More and more companies are taking initiatives to fight as much as possible against Covid-19. Facebook Messenger does not give millions of masks like Apple, but fights on another front: that of digital.