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COVID-19: Facebook announces 12-month free Workplace Advanced to emergency services globally

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Wednesday, Workplace from Facebook announced it will be providing access to its Advanced Tier free of charge for governments and emergency services globally for one year.

For these organizations, which are on the frontline of combating COVID-19, this will help inform, connect and safeguard their employees, allowing them to share critical information in real-time, provide updates on the health and welfare of their employees, and enable leadership to reach employees via live videos, posts, and more.

According to the Vice President of Workplace from Facebook, Julien Codorniou, “Workplace helps connect everyone in an organization, including frontline or deskless workers, and is deeply committed to supporting everyone within these organizations during this crisis”.

Important information regarding this free offering includes:

  • This offer is available to all government organizations (at a country and local level) and emergency services (including ambulance, dispatchers and law enforcement) pending legal and compliance checks
  • Through our platform, companies can instantly share information, live stream meetings or announcements, support two-way communication or even employ bots to quickly gather feedback from employees. The World Health Organization is currently using Workplace to share critical information about COVID-19 amongst its workforce, host staff seminars and create an open forum for employee questions. 
  • Workplace Advanced is built for connecting entire organizations. It will provide these organizations with familiar Workplace features, such as Chat, Live video and Groups, plus advanced admin controls. 

The Internal Communications at WHO, Carey Kyer, said: “Workplace ‘ticks the box’ on our need to communicate, engage and connect real-time with our colleagues around the world, especially during this public health emergency of international concern.”

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