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Facebook offers message app to support health authorities

Facebook are offering their messaging app to help health authorities amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The social network giant feel it is important to "connect" government health organisations and UN health agencies across the world with their Messenger app and its developers, in a bid to ensure as many people possible are given updates.

They shared in a blog post: "Communities around the world are dealing with quarantines and other disruptions to daily life because of the coronavirus outbreak. Our mission to help people connect and be closer together is more important than ever, and it's critical we provide people with full access to the latest and most reliable information. As is common in any crisis, people are using digital channels like Messenger to stay connected and get information from trusted health authorities that are on the front lines fighting this global pandemic. To that end, we're launching a global program to connect government health organisations and UN health agencies with developers that can help them use Messenger most effectively to share timely and accurate information, and speed up their responses to concerned citizens. Our developer partners have offered to provide their services free of charge to these organisations during this crisis."

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