As of this morning, Facebook has cancelled F8 and is banning ads that mention coronavirus if they attempt to “create a sense of urgency” around the virus or promise to cure it. Facebook has also said it will take down false posts about the coronavirus entirely if they put people at risk. Amazon has removed more than 1 million products related to dubious health claims.
If you search coronavirus on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, or Google, you will get links to the CDC website.
Most of the tech giants have halted all non-critical travel, and that includes Jack Dorsey pulling himself and his team out of SXSW.
My Sunday essay asks if there is more to do and ponders the role of Big Tech in a crisis.
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