What Big Tech is Doing to Combat Coronavirus

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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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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