Facebook starts warning people who like or respond to false news, grabs warning scheme to fake coronavirus news.
- Facebook begins warning users of COVID-19 misinformation which the company has since removed if they have liked, reacted or commented.
- In the coming weeks, the feature will be implemented.
- Hundreds of thousands of pieces of misinformation have been retrieved from COVID-19, which could lead to physical harm.
Facebook announces Thursday that it will begin to inform users of the disinformation and removal of if they have wished, reacted or commented on harmful posts of the COVID-19.
Facebook said in a blog post that the feature will run out in the next weeks.
Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, stated in a blog post: “This news will relate people with COVID-19 myths, which have been disfigured by the World Health Organization and those we have removed from our platform, leading to impending physical harm“.
In January, following a global health emergency from the WHO, COVID-19 started to remove misinformation from its platforms about the outbreak. The company said on Thursday that hundreds of thousands of misinformation could lead to physical harm was removed, such as imprecise information that physical distances would be ineffective or the virus could be cured by drinking bleach.
“If we see or hear these claims again outside Facebook, we want to connect with people who may have interacted with harmful misinformation regarding the virus with the truth from authoritative sources,” Rosen said.
Facebook has made several adjustments related to coronavirus to its platform in recent months, which has been criticized for handling health issues.
For example, the number of partners working on fact checks has increased in order to limit the distribution of false claims. It also began showing pop-ups on Instagram and Facebook public health resources, which directed over 2 billion people to health authorities’ resources.
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