Google is trying to swiftly eliminate misinformation regarding COVID-19, a novel strain of coronavirus, from YouTube and its search engine. Reportedly, queries related to coronavirus initiate an SOS Alert and offer information from authentic sources. It so often includes data provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Well, it is impressive to observe that if one simply searches for flu or flu season, the user will get normal results. Google has violently interfered in a couple of its online services to avoid the spread of misinformation regarding coronavirus.
The move arrives after a series of questions regarding COVID-19 spun around offices of Google on Feb. 28. Criticizers have had claimed the tech giant for the handling of fraud videos over YouTube, an American video-sharing platform. Even more, the company had to terminate one of its major conferences. Along with it, one of the Google employees tested positive in Zurich. Meanwhile, Google CEO Sunder Pichai sent a notice retelling thousands of its workers. At the time, the executive noted regarding the crucial role of Google to offer regular and precise data in undefined times. The letter included a sentence – you have listened to me talking regarding helpfulness as part of moments small and large. Pichai noted it is one of those significant moments.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic, Google has strongly intruded into some of its most popular online services to control the spread of false information. This is a withdrawal for a company that has depended heavily on automation and software to rank and index data throughout its decades-long existence. On the other hand, so far, coronavirus has resulted in the death of up to 4,000 people among 119,220 confirmed instances. Apart from this, online platforms have been flooded with rumors and misled concerns regarding the pathogen. The search engine giant has also banned some virus-related apps from its app store. Meanwhile, the effort has resulted in complaints from developers who claim they just want to help.