Facebook Details Plans to Curtail Misinformation About Coronavirus


In collaboration with the WHO, Twitter is also working towards launching a dedicated search prompt for India to ensure that when an individual searches a hashtag they are immediately met with authoritative health information from the right sources up top, IANS has learned.

When false content is found by Facebook's third-party fact-checkers, the company will "limit its spread", and a notification would be sent to those who had already shared or were trying to share the content with a link to the fact-checked information. Facebook is also removing content with false claims or conspiracy theories that have been reported by global health organizations and local health authorities, focusing in particular on claims created to discourage treatment or take appropriate precautions.

We are doing this as an extension of our existing policies to remove content that could cause physical harm.

Facebook has started removing misinformation about China's coronavirus outbreak, the social media head of health wrote in a blog post.

The social network will also coordinate with health organizations to provide relevant and timely information via messages that will appear atop users' News Feeds, with those messages to be deployed based on guidance from the WHO. The company may expand its academic partners, according to Jin, though he warned that "not all of these steps are fully in place" and the rollout of all of Facebook's measures will take time.

The novel coronavirus is taking on a life of its own on the internet, once again putting USA -based social media companies on the defensive about their efforts to curb the spread of false information.

In particular, misinformation about vaccination has spread far on social media in many countries in recent years, including during major vaccination campaigns to prevent polio in Pakistan and to immunise against yellow fever in South America.

Google announced Thursday that when people search for information about the coronavirus, it will pull up a special notice with updates from the WHO. In the United States, for example, Twitter directs users to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, beneath a bold headline that reads: "Know the facts".

The company also said it would remove users who attempt coordinated spreads of disinformation about the health crisis.

Instagram previous year vowed to block more hashtags that surfaced vaccine misinformation after a CNN Business report found that content promoted by anti-vaccination accounts were still thriving on the platform.