On Thursday, April 16, 2020, Facebook Inc. or Facebook said that it would start notifying users who involved in circulating or sharing wrong information related to COVID-19 on its platform and connect them to access the WHO webpage to get correct information.
Facebook officials claimed that users circulated posts that could cause physical harm such as drinking bleach for preventing the virus. Still, analysts urged the platform to do more to prevent the circulation of false information completely.
Facebook’s Actions to Curb False COVID-19 Posts
The social media platform, Facebook has taken strict actions to stop users from sharing false coronavirus posts on COVID-19, the disease that has been currently causing catastrophe to the world. Claiming that circulation of wrong information about the virus posed more threat to the users than political falsehoods, the founder cum Chief Executive (CEO) of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg had promised to convene aggressive steps to stop such mischiefs.
Amid the rise of pandemic across the globe, which has killed more than 136,000 people globally and infected more than 2 million, Facebook has been struggling to filter and control large volumes of misinformation such as posts saying physical distancing would not curb the disease. In March, the social platform has issued warnings on more than 40 million dubious claims related to the virus and also removed hundreds of thousands of false posts that could be harmful.
Zuckerberg said in a post, “We will also soon begin showing messages in News Feed to people who previously engaged with harmful misinformation related to COVID-19 that we’ve since removed, connecting them with accurate information.”
Required More Actions
A group called AVAAZ, which has pushed the “correct the record” proposal to Facebook, welcomed the latest move of the social media platform and termed it a “first step” that could correct those who believed in false news stories by 50%.
Citing about the new alert system of Facebook against those who circulated wrong posts, the officials explained the notifications would direct them to a World Health Organization list of common myths about the virus and encourage them to “help friends and family avoid false information.”
However, it was reported that the alerts would not inform users about their activities because they had previously liked, reacted, or commented on false posts nor would they debunk specific claims. Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president for integrity, said the company aimed to “testing variations in language, some more explicit,” for the alerts.
Vera Jourova, the European Commissioner for values and transparency, had welcomed the latest Facebook’s measures but said that it still needed to do more. She said in a statement, “We will need more transparency and better access to data for researchers to fully verify the scope and impact of false content and to be able to assess Facebook’s actions.”
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