Dimofte said Google was supporting these efforts by ensuring that information from credible sources were elevated on search while misleading information across all its products were detected and removed to prevent a potential spread.
Açcording to her, many organisations and individuals are lending their support to the World Health Organization (WHO) and governments around the world to help curb the spread of false information about the disease online.
‘’Google is supporting these efforts by ensuring that information from credible sources is elevated on Search while misleading information across all its products is detected and removed to prevent a potential spread.
‘’On YouTube, where many conspiracy theorists and misinformation merchants target to share videos with false information about COVID-19, all videos about the disease that violate the platform’s community guidelines, including those that encourage dangerous cures and health risks, are immediately taken down,’’she said.
According to her, Google is also preventing advertisements with harmful medical claims.
She said that with the exception of COVID-19-related advertisements from government and NGOs, healthcare providers, and other authorities, “Google does not allow advertisements that capitalize on sensitive situations such as the coronavirus pandemic.”
She said that there were also community guidelines that tackled volatile content and also prohibited dangerous content even before the COVID-19.
Dimofte said that with the lockdown and working remotely, there was a huge increase in cyber security threat leveraging on the COVID-19 which Google had identified and helped different government to tackle.
Açcording to her, Google has been 99.9 per cent successful in stalling the cyber security threat.
The campaign, aimed at creating awareness on physical distancing included Stay Home, Stay Safe, Flatten The Curve, Stay Home, Save Lives, Take Responsibility, among others.