Facebook announces small business grants against coronaviruses
founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg discussed the company’s programs on a conference call Wednesday. The social media leader The No.1 priority is to stop the spread of disinformation on its services, including Instagram and WhatsApp, he said.
“In times of disaster, or when people can’t be with friends and family in person… people really rely on communication and social services,” Zuckerberg said on the call.
He added that Facebook “is certainly seeing an increase in the use of different services in different areas, especially those that are most affected.”
The $ 100 million initiative that was announced on Tuesday, and the money will go to 30,000 eligible small enterprises worldwide in the form of money and advertising credits. Applications will be open in the coming weeks.
“We really believe in focusing on empowering individuals and small businesses,” Zuckerberg said, adding that small businesses are responsible for powering the global economy and local communities.
The funds could be used to pay rent, operational costs, and connect with more customers.
“We are very focused on the economic response,” he continued. “It won’t just be a health crisis. It will be a major economic shock.”
The founder of Facebook said the number of phone calls made on his private messaging app, WhatsApp, is more than double what it normally is, and the company recognizes how many people around the world are on Facebook. to hear from the virus.
Facebook is already partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to put their information before others, and it has also offered other grants outside of the $ 100 million initiative.
In addition to these efforts, the social media site is also opening a new clearinghouse, expanding the website’s capabilities to government and health officials and launching a “hub” for health workers, educators and small businesses on WhatsApp.
First, Facebook is opening a “Coronavirus Information Center” that will “” put authoritative information from the CDC and WHO in our departments “at the top of people’s Facebook pages and apps.
Facebook has partnered with national, state and local governments in its efforts to open the center globally. The center will be promoted to the top of the Facebook app in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, US and UK first. Over the “next few days,” it will be expanded “more widely,” Zuckerberg told reporters.
He added that the center will include important information on best practices for containing the virus, adding that the “broad consensus” is to “make sure people take social distancing seriously.”
Second, Facebook will open “Workplace”, its online communication tool for the workplace, governments and emergency services for free over the next 12 months.
Zuckerberg said he believes governments and emergency services might find the app useful for organizing tasks and communication in the workplace.
Facebook too announcement that WhatsApp introduces a “hub for health workers, educators, small businesses and others” on the mobile messaging platform to promote the dissemination of authoritative information and new ideas or information that could help contain the virus.