Google has made the decision to barely delay the launch of its informational coronavirus web site to “later this week.” The location, which the search large had not deliberate on making till final week, has been on the heart of a swirl of rivalry between President Donald Trump, Google, and the press because the president first said a site where people could check symptoms, arrange a test, and get test results was coming from Google, however was truly referring to a way more restricted web site from Google sister firm Verily.
Now, a Google spokesperson tells The Verge the corporate desires to take slightly extra time to fill out the options of this new informational web site. It’s additionally true that a lot has occurred prior to now 24 hours that Google needed to make sure that it had up-to-date info on issues like latest calls to shelter-in-place.
It nonetheless appears unlikely that Google’s web site will reside as much as the great, nationwide screening options that the White Home has promised. Earlier right this moment, Vanity Fair reported that Jared Kushner overpromised what Google would deliver when he described the positioning to President Trump final week.
Google now claims that the positioning will “floor authoritative info for individuals within the US, together with on screening and testing.” (Emphasis ours.)
If and when Google’s web site does hyperlink to a screening instrument, it’s more likely to hyperlink to one thing supplied by the CDC. As testing websites turn into accessible, Google says it should additionally embody official info on their areas each on this web site and on its different merchandise — together with Google Maps and, in fact, Search.
Google supplied this assertion on the delay:
Verily launched a pilot web site late Sunday to counties within the Bay Space, and is working with authorities to scale this effort additional. With native and nationwide steering evolving quickly, Google will proceed working with related companies and authorities to roll out a web site later this week that may floor authoritative info for individuals within the U.S., together with on screening and testing.
Google says that its intention is to make this informational web site accessible nationally and can begin with US English, although Spanish will comply with as will a extra worldwide rollout. Google says its intention is to tug info from the WHO and the CDC. It at present has a easy info card on the top of some coronavirus searches and has joined with different large tech firms in a promise to “jointly combat” misinformation.