Facebook Monday started enlisting outside developers to find ways through its Messenger service that can help health organizations battling the novel coronavirus.
The social network giant invited software engineers to participate in an internet “hackathon” aimed toward creating methods to make use of Messenger to ease social-distancing and ship correct details about the pandemic.
Messenger VP Stan Chudnovsky unveiled a global program meant to connect health organizations and UN agencies with engineers who can find ways to use Messenger share accurate information and speed up responses to people’s questions.
Software engineers, for instance, could assist agencies in automating answering frequent questions, to allow staff to tackle more challenging duties.
Engineers can also help organizations use software to distribute up to date information rapidly.
UNICEF and Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health already use Messenger to keep people updated about COVID-19.
Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp recently introduced a free World Health Organization alert meant to answer questions in regards to the coronavirus and debunk coronavirus myths.
The service, launching in English, is to expand in the coming weeks to include Arabic, French, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
WhatsApp, which has over a billion users, released a $1 million grant to an International Fact-Checking Network alliance devoted to reporting on coronavirus rumors spreading on messaging services.