Facebook to combat vaccine misinformation

  • Facebook to combat vaccine misinformation

Facebook to combat vaccine misinformation

Facebook is following the lead of Pinterest, which has blocked all searches using terms related to vaccines or vaccinations as part of a plan to stop the spread of misinformation related to anti-vaxx posts.

A statement said that government had chose to reach out to Facebook and YouTube managements in a bid to remove all anti-polio vaccine propaganda videos and other materials.

Facebook has made a decision to remove content involving anti-vaccination information in an effort to stop the spread of misinformation.

In addition, ads that include misinformation about vaccinations will be rejected.

"These groups and Pages will not be included in recommendations or predictions when you type into search". It will also bar vaccine misinformation from Instagram, which Facebook owns.

Additionally, Facebook groups or pages that share vaccine hoaxes, which have been publicly-identified by the World Health Organization and CDC, will be excluded from recommendations and have a reduced presence in news feed and search.

One group of scientists recently published a study that found the majority of the most-viewed health stories on Facebook in 2018 were downright fake or contained significant amounts of misleading information.

The mother of two children, aged six and nine, said the site that has been widely accused of allowing misinformation to continue on a range of topics needs to do more to protect youth from "dangerous" groups that deal in paranoia, not science. There are a number of anti-vaccine groups that focus on lobbying against mandatory vaccination. However, the spokeswoman said, the users who already belong to the groups or pages will be able to log onto them as usual.

"It ran pages and groups whose names frequently changed in order to drum up more followers and operated fake accounts to engage in hate speech and spread divisive comments on both sides of United Kingdom political debate", Facebook was quoted as saying by The Guardian late on Thursday.

In a later statement, Schiff added that he's "pleased that all three companies are taking this issue seriously and acknowledged their responsibility to provide quality health information to their users".

During Lindenberger's testimony, one senator asked the OH teen if his mother got most of her information online. "Counter-speech in the form of accurate information from experts in the field ... can help create a safer and more respectful environment".

Facebook said it would not ban anti-vaccination content.