Facebook Launches COVID-19 Information Portal

A central repository for information and healthcare tips

Why This Matters

In a Facebook-age, misinformation can sometimes seem like the norm. Getting the right information about COVID-19 and how to stay healthy (and keep others healthy) is important for every one of us.

Three mobile screens for Facebook's new Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center
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As part of a multi-pronged approach to help the world stay healthy, Facebook announced a centralized Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center that it will feature at the top of your news feed.

What will this contain: Facebook will include real-time updates from national health authorities and global organizations like the World Health Organization. It will also drop in articles, videos, and posts about social distancing to help us prevent the spread of COVID-19.

You can also follow the portal on Facebook to get updates from these organizations in your own feed. In the US, you'll see ways to connect with local groups and offer help to your community (something that some folks have spontaneously created on the social network already).

The big picture: Facebook has nearly doubled server capacity for its chat app WhatsApp to make sure we can communicate with our loved ones, even if we have to stay away from them. The company has also launched an information hub on the app as well.

They've also made team collaboration software Workplace Advanced available free to government agencies and emergency services for 12 months .

When? The information center will roll out in the U.S., the UK, Italy, France, Germany, and Spain over the next 24 hours, and will expand to other countries in the next few days.

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