Social media scrambles to fight misinformation, Amazon prioritizing certain items

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This is CNET and here are the stories that matter right now. While government agencies are working around the clock to prevent the corona virus pandemic from spreading, there are also tests with containing the digital outbreak of misinformation. Multiple government agencies in the US have had to post on social media. Dispel widely circulated rumors about mandatory quarantines and city shut downs. Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube said in a statement Monday evening, they're collaborating on solutions to combat online misinformation. Amazon is not prioritizing shipments of medical supplies and household staples. They come into its warehouse Is to help it respond to massive consumer demand during the corona virus outbreak. This means independent sellers on its sites will no longer be able to ship new deliveries unless they fit into these high demand categories. The changes in effect until April 5 for both the US and European Union market [MUSIC] And finally, Google, Facebook, and other tech companies are in discussions with the federal government over how they might help fight coronavirus with user location data collected from peoples' phones, according to a report Tuesday by the Washington Post. The data, which would be anonymous and aggregated Could track whether or not people are keeping enough distance from each other, to help curb the spread of COVID19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. [MUSIC] You can stay up to date with the latest by visiting CNET. [MUSIC]

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