Facebook to ban conspiracy theories on Covid-19

Facebook to ban conspiracy theories on Covid-19

On Monday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook will ban all misinformation surrounding Covid-19. In a Livestream with Dr Anthony Fauci where the two discussed the latest scenarios about the coronavirus.

Facebook has announced that it will now remove false claims about COVID-19 vaccines from its platforms which includes Instagram.

Zuckerberg’s comments on Facebook received an immediate backlash from conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers. The gist of these tweets and comments were: “I’m not getting your  vaccine, you quack.”

Facebook offered up examples of the type of content that would be prohibited under this policy update, such as the false claim that coronavirus vaccines contain a microchip.

Earlier this week, The British Government, pushed through legislation to allow for a quick turn around on anew vaccine. As it announced it has authorised the use of the new Pfizer vaccine in the UK. In the process, becoming the first country to

The social networking giant is taking on the coronavirus misinformation and has been increasingly pressured by government authorities for allowing the spread of Fake News on its platform. And Zuckerberg gave the examples of COVID-19 falsehoods that could result in harm early this year. Remember when people were drinking bleach in an attempt to fight off COVID-19?

Facebook is playing catchup with one of its competitors. In October, YouTube released a statement on a new policy that would prohibit misinformation about coronavirus vaccines on the platform.

However, Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms can do better. It seems completely reasonable that all racist and Islamophobic and fraudulent anti-vaccine misinformation, not just related to COVID-19,  should be prohibited.

For now, Facebook will just take on coronavirus vaccine falsehoods, something the company couldn’t even control when they were running rampant on its own CEO’s Livestream.

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