New Delhi, April 2020: The countrywide lockdown triggered by global pandemic Covid-19 or Coronavirus has compelled us to stay indoors. It has further led to curtailed newspaper circulation and disruption in news dissemination. In the prevailing situation, pioneering short video platform Likee has extended a helping hand by launching a dedicated dashboard ‘Fight Corona’, providing the latest and authenticated data related to the pandemic.
Likee, the short video platform by BIGO Technology Pte Ltd, has launched a H5 page, furnishing comprehensive data related to coronavirus, such as number of new cases, total cases, number of recovered patients and the death toll. One tab in the section furnishes state-wise data, giving details from across all states and Union Territories in India. Whereas another tab furnishes details with respect to different countries across the world. While similar data is being given by a few other platforms, the distinguishing factor about Likee dashboard is that the numbers have been sourced from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Apart from the numbers, the dashboard also carries latest news snippets related to the pandemic from prominent media organisations. In addition to these, the section also carries videos of Likeers who have given details such as precautions and Dos & Don’ts related to the virus. Attempt has also been made to bust as many as myths related to covid-19 as possible.
Talking about the initiative, Likee spokesperson Mike Ong said, “Covid-19 has posed one of the biggest challenges before the mankind. The idea behind the dedicated section is to empower people with all authentic and relevant information. Likee is one of the most popular social media apps among youngsters and we are committed to fulfilling our social responsibility.”
The short video app has also witnessed a surge in corona-related hashtags, which have been trending on the platform. One of such trending hashtags is #FightCorona, which has clocked more than 102 million views, and the other is #CoronaFactAndRumours, which is aimed at busting the various myths doing rounds on various social media platforms.
The global pandemic has spread across as many as 185 countries, with even the most developed ones like America and Italy topping the list. The situation is grim in India too, with the government enforcing a complete 21-day countrywide lockdown.