Facebook launches coronavirus information center in African countries

Anne Freier | April 15, 2020

App Business

Facebook has launched its COVID-19 Information Center in 17 African countries to help inform users on the spread of the virus.

The Center is positioned at the top of the News Feed and includes real-time updates from the World Health Organization and others.

It includes features clips, videos and articles on how to social distance effectively and thereby reduce the spread of the virus.

Users of the social network can opt in to receive notifications or opt out.

The full list of countries includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Togo.

“We’ve built the information centers, in collaboration with national health partners, to ensure that people can get access to information from trusted health sources,” said Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s head of public policy, Africa. “The launch of the COVID-19 Information Center on Facebook in more than 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa aligns with our commitment to making accurate, timely information about the pandemic accessible to all communities.”

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