“Event page” feature kicked off within the social media platform Twitter that provides real-time, credible and official information about the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) based on authoritative government agencies, public officials, civil society and media. It can be clearly seen through the #Explore tab on the desktop version and it’s seen at the top of the home timeline of the mobile version.
“With a critical mass of expert organizations, official government accounts, health professionals and epidemiologists on Twitter, our goal is to elevate and amplify authoritative health information as far as possible,” Twitter said.
“The power of a uniquely open service during a public health emergency is clear. The speed and borderless nature of Twitter presents an extraordinary opportunity to get the word out and ensure people have access to the latest information from expert sources around the world,” it added.
For Philippines, Twitter has partnered with the Department of Health (@DOHgovph) and the World Health Organization Philippines (@WHOPhilippines) for a committed search prompt, in which users searching for information about the #coronavirus will be notified and alerted to DoH’s website and WHO Philippines’ Twitter account.
Furthermore, the government entities requesting to disseminate public health information will be permitted to promote ads on Covid-19. As per Twitter’s Inappropriate Content Policy, it is currently forbidding the ads of all medical masks due to a strong correlation to Covid-19 and instances of inflated prices globally.
Twitter is dedicated to taking part to provide accurate updates as the situation escalates. Follow Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) and Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) for more information.