- Technology company, Google, has introduced a special page on its platform to provide information about the coronavirus
- The company explained that the decision was as a result of increased search activities about the coronavirus
- It, however, indicated that the feature is only available in the United States of America for now
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Global search engine, Google, has announced the creation of a special page focused on the coronavirus epidemic.
According to the company, the new page comes with tips on safety, statistics from official sources and more.
It is also intended to help fight misinformation about the coronavirus.
The sources include the World Health Organisation (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and platforms of local civic organisations.
Google explained that the coronavirus has become its biggest search topic in recent times and its latest move forms part of a plan to harness all available information on it on both desktop and mobile.
Per a report by TechCrunch, the new feature is only available in the United States of America (USA) at the moment.
The new search option is also designed to help users easily navigate information and resources and in due course, more information would be added, Google’s product manager for search, Emily Moxley, explained.
Meanwhile, Google LLC has announced that it has banned all adverts for medical face masks in the wake of the global spread of the coronavirus.
This follows a previous policy that prohibits content that is designed to profit off the epidemic.
On Friday, March 6, 2020, Facebook stated that it had temporarily banned adverts and commercial listings that promote or sell medical face masks.
A spokesperson from Google indicated via mail that the company is actively monitoring the situation.
It added that measures would be implemented if it becomes necessary to protect users.
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