Just like Facebook, Google also been taken a variety of measures in order to minimize unwanted dissemination of misleading and harmful content. As one of the world’s most important places for collecting information with universal access, the circumstances surrounding a world pandemic are becoming extremely serious in taking action for an organization of this magnitude. As a result, Google has now partnered up with the U.S government to develop a website that educates on how to prevent the virus and about local resources around the country. So far, they have donated up to $ 50 million to various global Covid-19 funds. They have now also introduced paid sick leave for their employees who are forced to stay at home due to quarantine or who have had symptoms that are in accordance with the WHO’s directives for the virus.
Additionally they continue their work of exposing people to appropriate and valuable information through their platform tools Search, Maps and YouTube. They have now also begun to remove content who could bring harm or misconception on YouTube, Google Maps and Play. This also includes new guidelines for advertising on the platform.
On their homepage, they now also promote the “Do to five” campaign, which provides hands-on tips on how to reduce the spread of Covid-19 according to WHO’s latest recommendations. Along with this, they have also added more valuable information to their SOS Alerts, which include links to national health authorities and maps of the affected areas. It will now also be possible to see if schools or local businesses are closed through Google Maps and Search when Google facilitates for organizations to mark themselves as “temporarily closed” through “Google My Business” to avoid unnecessary traffic on the streets. Information regarding diffrent airlines policies on flexible cancellations will now also be made available through “Google Flights” with a separate website just for this subject.