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COVID-19: $1 Million From Twitter to Support Journalists Covering the Pandemic

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Nobody really expected the widespread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to hit this altitude and when the news first broke, people thought that it was a joke (and for some hoax) and would swiftly pass away.

Now, it has become a dire situation affecting the world and thousands of people have lost their lives due to being infected with the virus.

In order to encourage journalists and give them the needed to support to keep doing their jobs and report accurate news/updates about the spread of the virus, Twitter has made a pledge of $1 million dollars to two key organisations.

The statement by Twitter read this: “We’re donating one million dollars evenly distributed between the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women’s Media Foundation.

These funds will be used to ensure these organizations can continue their work in the face of new economic strains and to directly support journalists.

Their shared efforts to advocate for the rights of vulnerable reporters and to guarantee an equal share of voice for women in the industry has never been more relevant or important.”

Life-saving information need to be shared and who are better prepared and trained to carry out this task than the Journalists.

The global spread of the COVID-19 has forced people to isolate themselves amid fear of being infected and this has the potential to cripple the media industry.

That is why Twitter is releasing the fund which will be primarily used to fund Journalists and ensure that they carry out the much need research and deliver accurate news.

This development is coming on the heel of Facebook who recently donates the sum of more than $100 million to various initiatives connected to relief and research efforts.

Another tech giant has also taken giant strides and donated millions of dollars to see that the pandemic spread of the coronavirus is halted.

Google pledged several million dollars across a range of programs. LinkedIn followed suit and pledged $22 million to support local organizations around the world.

TikTok this week has announced that it will be donating $10 million to the WHO to help with more research and relief materials.

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