Nigeria and sixteen other African nations will now be home to Facebook’s Coronavirus Information Centres as the technology giant further expands its media presence into Sub-Saharan Africa. These centres are part of the platform’s contributions to the ongoing effort to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
The Coronavirus Information Centre, in partnership with trusted health authorities, provide news, critical information, resources and tips for staying healthy and aiding families and communities to battle the pandemic.
This is another approach used by Mark Zuckerberg’s company to prevent fake information about COVID-19. As you already know, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp are now sources of information for individuals across the globe in these trying times.
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Facebook’s Head of Public Policy, Africa, Kojo Boakye had this to say, “We’ve built the information centres, in collaboration with national health partners, to ensure that people can get access to information from trusted health sources. The launch of the COVID-19 Information Centre on Facebook in more than 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa aligns with our commitment to making accurate, timely information about the pandemic accessible to all communities.”