Facebook using tools to help predict where COVID-19 will appear next

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Facebook is working with researchers to use its data to slow the pandemic.

The social media platform will use its tools to help predict where COVID-19 will appear next. The platform is able to analyze collected data on population movement and connectedness. This can bring insight into the effectiveness of lockdown measures.

Facebook is careful to say the tools do not violate personal privacy. Rather, the data shows patterns at a city or county level that can be useful to public health.

Google unveiled a similar offering to fight the pandemic last week.

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