Facebook to donate 720,000 masks, reaches out to UN

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Tech giant Facebook has donated 720,000 masks to US health workers, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said.

Mr Zuckerberg said the masks had been bought in case the US wildfires continued, and that it was the company’s emergency reserve.

The US has seen a surge in demand for masks as the outbreak continues to grow rapidly across the country.

Facebook has also announced that it is connecting government health organizations and UN health agencies with its developer partners who will help them use Messenger most effectively to scale their response to COVID-19. Its developer partners will provide their services for free, showing these critical organizations how to use Messenger to share timely information with local communities and speed up their replies to commonly asked questions with tools like automated responses.

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