Home Facebook offers governments free Messenger tools Related Australia funds regulator to oversee new media law Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazil AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 23 MAR 2020 Tags Previous ArticleT-Mobile deploys budget tariffs earlyNext ArticleOneWeb satellite network begins to take shape Asia Facebook boosted efforts to improve communication related to Covid-19 (coronavirus), providing free Messenger developer resources for governments and launching a competition to add features covering social distancing and misinformation.The social media company launched a global programme to connect government and UN health organisations with developers to “help them use Messenger most effectively to share timely and accurate information, and speed up their responses to concerned citizens”.Facebook added the free developer services will help in areas including automated responses for frequently asked questions and giving insights for sharing updates effectively.Argentina’s Ministry of Health is said to be among the pioneers in upping provision of information over Messenger, today (23 March) launching a communication service to answer questions related to the pandemic at any time.Facebook also unveiled a partnership with hackathon platform Devpost to encourage developers to build messaging features which address issues including social distancing and providing trusted information.Stan Chudnovsky, VP of Messenger, said participants will be encouraged to develop global and local features, and will receive access to Messenger-related content. They will also be mentored by the company’s engineers to turn their products into reality.In a Twitter post, Facebook’s EMEA communications manager for engineering, Alexandru Voica, said the company is targeting misinformation about Covid-19 on its platform by “exploring more options like testing stricter limits for how many chats you can forward a message to at one time”. He added the feature was in a development phase and not being tested externally yet.Facebook’s move comes shortly after its WhatsApp unit announced a partnership with the World Health Organisation to launch a specific service providing information about the outbreak. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Facebook trials feature to connect neighbours Author Yanitsa Boyadzhieva FacebookgovernmenthealthMessenger
Petrovich9/iStock(SEATTLE) — California residents felt another earthquake Friday morning, with a 4.9-magnitude quake registering Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. In what appears to be the latest aftershock, Friday morning’s quake in Ridgecrest comes just days after a 6.4-magnitude quake and 7.1-magnitude quake unfurled on July 4 and 5, respectively. That wasn’t the only unusual seismic activity that happened on the West Coast Friday morning, as a 4.6-magnitude quake hit 40 miles northeast of Seattle Friday morning, registering just southwest of Three Lakes, Washington. Police in nearby Lake Stephens posted on Twitter that there have been no reports of damage and no injuries. The Snohomish County sheriff reported the same.The initial reports from the National Weather Service made it clear that even early on in tracking the event, which happened at 2:51 a.m. local time, there was no threat of tsunami.Any immediate threats posed by Friday morning’s quake seem to have dissipated, as the local outpost of the National Weather Service even posted pictures of the “Pretty post Earthquake #sunrise this morning.”Pretty post Earthquake #sunrise this morning in Seattle with a nice #sunpillar. Areas of morning low clouds and fog otherwise partly sunny today with highs in the upper 60s to near 80. #wawx pic.twitter.com/09X00FRgWQ— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) July 12, 2019Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.