As the world is trying to properly combat the coronavirus or Covid-19 together, we see Google's CEO Sundar Pichai calling trump to apologize for something most people are not yet quite sure about. Although the subject of apology was not quite clear to bystanders, it seems like the Trump praised Google's communications team for substantiating Trump's current comments about the whole of Google's coronavirus screening site.
Fake news has started to circulate the media
The hard part about combatting the coronavirus or Covid-19 is that people do not know what to believe anymore as they may hear the truth in one ear and also countless amounts of fake news in the other ear. There might be quite a huge amount of fake news circulating the media and since it is quite impractical to rely on people themselves for stopping the spread of this fake news, Google and other platforms must take actions into their own hands.
Trump said himself, "I want to thank the people at Google and Google Communications because as you know, they substantiated what I said on Friday," which later on was followed with a statement saying "you guys can figure it out yourselves and how that got out and I'm sure you'll apologize. But it would be great if we could really give the news correctly. It would be so, so wonderful." Included in Trump's speech was his thanks to the Google CEO for apologizing and cooperating in the fight against fake news.
Google has kept the contents of this call a bit private
Although this is a matter of interest for most people around social media, the updates as to what the contents of this call were have not yet surfaced. The only substantial piece of information available now is Google's blog which contains a post by CEO Pichai outlining the efforts in which Google extends to fight the confusion and the spread of fake news circulating the coronavirus or Covid-19.
The measures being put up to fight fake news
Trump himself disclosed that there are about 1,700 engineers from Google that are working on a screening site to prevent the massive spread of fake news. Aside from Trump's announcement, Google has not made much following remarks but instead showed progress with Verily functioning in much limited parameters as a result. Google along with Facebook and Amazon are apparently working on protective measures to decrease infiltration of fake news on their sites.
The screening site would be made available soon
According to VP Pence regarding the situation, the pilot version of the very screening site to be launched will be put up for a test in Bay Area on the 16th of Monday. With a huge workforce and Google sharpening its focus towards handling the matter, progress regarding the battle against fake news should be seen as a quick one. Of course, Google would not be the only platform which needs to cooperate but as of now, it is seen that Google is making an example which garnered Trump's thanks.