25 March 2020 04:30
Facebook Messenger has now announced a two-part approach to provide assistance during coronavirus pandemic and future outbreaks. Namely, Facebook has partnered with its developer community to offer free services to government and UN health agencies. Messenger will connect government health organizations and UN health agencies to developers who are offering cost-free services. Those developers will assist the given organizations in finding the most effective way to share timely, accurate, official coronavirus information rapidly. Not only has Argentina's Ministry of Health teamed up with Botmaker.com to launch a new 24-hour question and answer Messenger 'experience'.
UNICEF and Pakistan's Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination (NHSRC) are using Messenger to keep people informed as well. Facebook is challenging developers to actively find coronavirus solutions The second initiative put forward by Facebook Messenger on coronavirus may be more far-reaching. Partnering with hackathon provider Devpost, the company is asking developers globally to take part in a Messenger-specific hackathon online. Those solutions can be global or localized and participants will be given special access to Messenger-related content. For instance, the company is giving free access to Facebook Live tutorials provided by product experts.
The report adds that after this association the aforementioned organisations will be able to send messages to users who have connected with them via Messenger.The report also adds that Facebook has also partnered with the hackathon provider Devpost in order to organise a special online contest for developers with an objective to bring new messaging solutions for the Messenger platform, and tackling various issues surrounding coronavirus.On the news of the official Messenger website, Facebook wrote, "Organizations like UNICEF and Pakistan's Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination (NHSRC) are also using Messenger to ensure people have the latest information about COVID-19."Recently, Facebook also announced that it has decided to put a coronavirus information centre at the top of the News Feed. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a call with reporters said that the information centre will consist of information from the World Health Organisation and Centers for Disease Control. Facebook is partnering with its developer community to provide free services to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. The company will help government health organisations and recognised agencies like the UN to connect with Facebook's developer community to scale their responses to the pandemic. Facebook says its developer partners are offering their services to such organisations for free during this crisis to help tackle it and save lives.
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Facebook announced Monday (March 23) that it is launching a new program that will enable governments around the world to share accurate information on the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic via Messenger. According to Yahoo News, Facebook said its messaging platform, which is used by more than 1.3 billion worldwide, can be used by global health professionals to facilitate better communication during the outbreak. He said Messenger could help governments automatically answer common questions from the public, buying them more time to tend to more urgent tasks. Chudnovsky said many organizations, including the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Pakistani Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (NHSRC), have already been using Messenger to provide pandemic-related updates. He said Argentina's Ministry of Health has also introduced a 24-hour online service to provide professional advice to its citizens through Messenger, reported Knowing News. In addition, Chudnovsky said Facebook is planning to hold a virtual hackathon with Devpost, encouraging developers to generate ideas for more efficient communication between the governments and their people.