Facebook To Tackle False Vaccine Claims Already Flooding Platform
The tech giant says it will begin to remove misinformation posted on Facebook about the “safety, efficacy, ingredients or side effects” of COVID-19 vaccines.
Facebook To Remove COVID-19 Vaccine-Related Misinformation
Facebook said Thursday it will start removing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, in its latest move to counter a tide of coronavirus-related online misinformation. In the coming weeks, the social network will begin taking down any Facebook or Instagram posts with false information about the vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts. (12/3)
Facebook Bans Debunked Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines
That includes posts that make false claims about how safe and effective the vaccines are, and about their ingredients and side effects. "For example, we will remove false claims that COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips, or anything else that isn't on the official vaccine ingredient list," Facebook's head of health, Kang-Xing Jin, said in a blog post. "We will also remove conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines that we know today are false: like specific populations are being used without their consent to test the vaccine's safety." (Bond, 12/3)
Facebook To Remove Misinformation About Covid Vaccines
Facebook’s policy has been to remove false claims about Covid-19 that it says could lead to “imminent physical harm,” such as posts promoting false cures or bogus conspiracy theories linking the virus to 5G. The company removed 12 million posts as a result of this policy between March and October. But it hadn’t yet taken a firm stance on vaccines, other than to ban ads that promote anti-vaccination conspiracy theories. (Brown, 12/3)
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