US tech firms work together to combat virus misinformation

Attendees wait in line to enter the Google play space at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 7, 2020.
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U.S. technology companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, Alphabet's Google, and Twitter, are working together to quell misinformation about the coronavirus on their platforms, the companies said in a joint statement on Monday.

The companies, which also include LinkedIn, Reddit, and YouTube, said they were working in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world to share critical updates about the virus.

The United States has seen a sharp increase in virus cases with more than 3,500 infected, and at least 74 people dead, according to Johns Hopkins University and public health agencies.