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RESPONDING TO COVID-19

We're supporting relief efforts and keeping people informed and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since COVID-19 was declared a global public health emergency in January 2020, we've supported the global public health community's efforts to keep people safe and informed. We're connecting people to credible information, removing harmful content from our apps and making it easier for people to find and offer help in their communities.

We're also working to address the long-term impacts of the pandemic by supporting health and economic relief efforts, especially for small businesses, and helping people stay connected to the people they care about.

SHARING CREDIBLE INFORMATION

We're connecting people to resources and facts from public health authorities through our COVID-19 Information Center. And we're removing false claims that could lead to imminent physical harm, including false claims about COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts. We continue to work with more than 80 fact-checking partners around the world, and we add warning labels to content rated false. We've also blocked people from running ads that aim to exploit the situation for financial gain.

COVID-19 Information Center
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Connected over 2 billion people

across 189 countries to resources from health authorities through the COVID-19 Information Center and pop-ups on Facebook and Instagram.

Reached 26 million people with

our public figure campaign

encouraging people to #WearAMask

resulting in a 7-point increase in people reporting that wearing a mask in public is very or extremely important.

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PROVIDING DATA AND TOOLS

From allocating resources to putting the right guidelines in place, information has proved critical to an effective public health response. To help, we’re providing researchers and public health officials with data and tools to inform disease forecasting, measure the effectiveness of prevention measures and understand attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccines. To do this, we format the data to protect people’s privacy while preserving useful crisis response insights.

Facebook Data for Good

Provided data and tools through

our Data for Good program to

450+ organizations in nearly 70 countries

to help inform the public health response.

50 million+ people participated in a symptom survey

in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University Delphi Research Center and University of Maryland, making it one of the largest surveys ever conducted, and the largest on COVID-19.

SUPPORTING RELIEF EFFORTS

We've donated $25 million to support healthcare workers on the front line and matched $20 million in donations to support global relief efforts including $10 million for the United Nations Foundation and World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and $10 million for the CDC Foundation. We've also given the WHO, ministries of health and other health organizations more than $65 million in free ads to get out timely, accurate information about the coronavirus.

We've invested over $100 million in small businesses hit hardest by the pandemic and made it easier for people to support their favorite local businesses. We've also invested $100 million to support Black-owned businesses, Black creators and nonprofits that serve Black communities in the US.

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The WHO reached

2 billion people

with its COVID-19 campaigns and UNICEF

has run COVID-19 ads in 177 countries.

We've provided

free resources and training for small businesses,

reaching 100 million+ people over the last year.

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KEEPING PEOPLE CONNECTED

We’ve helped billions of people feel like they’re together, even when they’ve had to be physically apart. We've also worked to keep our apps stable and reliable as video calling on Messenger and WhatsApp more than doubled and views of Facebook Live and Instagram Live videos increased significantly.

We launched Messenger Rooms to make it easier to spend quality time with friends, loved ones and people who share your interests. We've also supported the work of mental health organizations and continue to share well-being tips from experts to help people stay well. And we introduced Community Help so people can request or offer help to neighbors, such as delivering groceries or donating to a local fundraiser.

Since January 2020, people have raised over

$175 million for

COVID-19 related fundraisers

on Facebook and Instagram.

3.9 million people have visited Community Help

during the pandemic to offer or ask for help.

Steps We've Taken

For more detailed information about the steps we've taken to keep people informed and support the global public health community's efforts, download our COVID-19 timeline.

See Our COVID-19 Timeline
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