Major tech platforms say they’re ‘jointly combating fraud and misinformation’ about COVID-19

Including Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube, among others

Major tech platforms say they’re ‘jointly combating fraud and misinformation’ about COVID-19

A group of the biggest technology companies in the US say they have banded together in a commitment to fight coronavirus-related fraud and misinformation. The group includes Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube. All seven companies sent out a joint statement Monday evening announcing the effort.

“We are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts,” the joint statement reads. “We’re helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world. We invite other companies to join us as we work to keep our communities healthy and safe.”

Last week, representatives from Silicon Valley companies met with the Trump administration to discuss measures they could take as an industry to combat coronavirus misinformation, according to the Washington Post. Representatives from companies including Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, Twitter and Cisco spoke with the administration, but not all of these companies signed onto Monday night’s joint statement.