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Twitter to guide users in Middle East conversations on COVID-19

Twitter is increasing its efforts to protect public conversations around COVID-19, launching new features in the MENA region to guide people to credible sources when searching for information about the deadly virus.

“Twitter is stepping up its internal and external efforts to build partnerships, protect the public conversation, help people find authoritative health information, raise relief funds and contribute pro bono advertising support to ensure people are getting the right message, from the right source,” Twitter MENA said in a statement.

With a critical mass of expert organizations, official government accounts, health professionals and epidemiologists on the service, Twitter’s goal is to elevate and amplify authoritative health information as far as possible.”
Twitter said it was continuing to expand its dedicated search prompt feature to ensure that when people come to the service for information about COVID-19, they were met with credible and authoritative content.
“Twitter has been consistently monitoring the conversation on the service to make sure keywords, including common misspellings, also generate the search prompt,” it added.

“In each country where Twitter has launched the initiative, it has partnered with the national public health agency or the World Health Organization (@WHO) directly. The proactive search prompt is in place with official local partnerships in approximately 50 countries around the world, with countries in the Middle East and North Africa going live on Friday.”

The prompt in the MENA region is available in English and Arabic and includes Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen. Netizens in Riyadh commended the initiative.

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