Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg states go back to work will need to be ‘staggered’

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan appeared at a city center about coronavirus aired by CNN on Thursday night.


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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated Thursday that the social media’s staff members will likely be amongst the last back to the workplace when society resumes, following the break out of the book coronavirus.

“It’s clear that the return to work, when it happens, it will have to be done in a staggered way,” Zuckerberg stated at throughout CNN city center about the coronavirus with his spouse, Dr. Priscilla Chan.

Zuckerberg’s remarks echoed remarks made in a Facebook post shared previously on Thursday that discussed Facebook staff members will be needed to work from house a minimum of up until completion of May. That assists develop a more secure environment, he stated, for individuals who need to remain in the workplace to do their work. The business is likewise not hosting conferences with 50 or more individuals up until June 2021.


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Since the coronavirus outbreak in December, Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative — the couple’s philanthropic company — have announced a number of efforts to help combat the virus. Facebook has offered grants to US local new organizations and small businesses and launched a coronavirus information hub to feature more trustworthy sources. Still, misinformation around rumors that the coronavirus was caused by 5G continues to spread, raising questions about how well the social network is combating this problem.

On Thursday, Facebook said that it will start alerting users with messages in their News Feeds if they’ve engaged with harmful COVID-19 misinformation that the company has since removed. Some of the harmful misinformation Facebook has pulled down includes claims that drinking bleach can cure the coronavirus. 

Zuckerberg also said fact-checkers are adding warning labels to posts with misinformation and that so far it’s working. He said that 95% of the people who saw the label didn’t go on to view the original content.

“Both of these sides of the equation, showing authoritative information and limiting the spread of misinformation, are incredibly important especially so during a health crisis,” Zuckerberg said in the interview.

UCSF and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a medical research nonprofit funded by the couple’s philanthropic initiative, recently put together a new lab to expand coronavirus testing. The lab can process up to 2,000 samples per day and return results in as fast as 24 hours.

Chan said resources at the CZI have been reoriented to focus on the coronavirus. The lab isn’t only a testing center but also an established scientific lab, she said. When an individual tests positive for coronavirus, researchers are also doing a full genome sequence from the positive test.

“They look for tiny mutations in the coronavirus sequence that allows the scientists to sort of back calculate how many other unknown cases there are in a community,” Chan said.


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