A lot of rumors, fake news, and conspiracy theories are spreading through Facebook with regards the current global health emergency – Coronavirus. These claims include false cures and even inaccurate prevention methods which might put many individuals at risk of putting themselves to harm once they believed or followed whatever’s stated within the fake information. Which is so, the Facebook company is now on the move to regulate this kind of misinformation and harmful content.
Facebook’s action regarding coronavirus fake claims
“Our global network of third-party fact-checkers are continuing their work reviewing content and debunking false claims that are spreading related to the coronavirus. When they rate information as false, we limit its spread on Facebook and Instagram and show people accurate information from these partners. We also send notifications to people who already shared or are trying to share this content to alert them that it’s been fact-checked.”Recently stated by Kang-Xing Jin, Head of Health on the Newsroom within Facebook’s official website, just this January 30, 2020
Facebook has already started removing harmful or misleading claims that have been identified by some of the leading global health organizations and health authorities. The company’s focus at the moment are the harmful claims about Coronavirus that are meant to make its audience discourage treatments and taking appropriate precautions concerning the current global health emergency. Aside from that, the company will also block or restrict hashtags that are currently being used to spread conspiracy theories and any other false information on Instagram.
Facebook’s additional action
In addition to their current effort on battling these fast-spreading rumors, fake news, and conspiracy theories, Facebook is also up to helping people to get relevant and up-to-date content with regards coronavirus through messages on top of their News Feed on their platform, Facebook. This information will come from their partners and are based on the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Have you already encountered coronavirus fake claims on Facebook?
There are already many untrusted claims that have been circling around these days about the Coronavirus on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. So think twice before taking part in spreading coronavirus fake claims. Share only information and updates about coronavirus from trusted sources.
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