Silicon Valley tech giants will attend a meeting at the White House today to discuss how their companies are responding to the new Corona virus outbreak, according to a report by the Politico website.
A representative of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Politico, told that representatives from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter will attend the conference, either personally or via video, and the meeting will be chaired by Michael Kratsius, Trump’s chief of technology.
It is not yet clear what will be discussed, but technology companies have had a heavy burden in responding to information about the outbreak on the Internet, as false information about the virus has spread.
In one case, the French government intervened to counter a false claim spread across the Internet that cocaine was treating the virus. Other counterfeit remedies that spread spread included marijuana, coconut oil and bleaches.
Amazon also announced that it was working with state attorneys to fight increased price manipulation on its platform, after third-party sellers began raising prices such as face masks and hand sanitizers.
And companies had to react to the spread of the virus on the home front as well. Google, Amazon, Twitter and Facebook have asked their employees to work from home rather than coming to their offices in Seattle and Silicon Valley.
Amazon and Facebook made the decision after proving that employees of these companies in Seattle were infected with the virus, and Amazon took an exceptional step by announcing that it would not punish warehouse workers for taking unpaid leave during March.
Microsoft also informed employees of the possibility of working from home, after confirming two cases of HIV infection among its employees.
As for Apple, the virus posed a threat to the supply chain and consumer behavior. Statistics released by the Chinese government this week showed that the company sold only 500,000 iPhones in China last month, less than half the usual number.