The spread of hoaxes on social networks puts a strain on Menlo Park society now more than ever ready to repress any conspiracy theory on the epidemic virus
Fake news about the coronavirus continues to spread all over the world and Facebook promises about it serious repression. Despite the efforts and commitments of the social media company to eliminate the false information about the virus that is bringing China to its knees, killing more than 200 people, the proliferation of buffaloes puts a strain on the controls by the company of Menlo Park, forced now to get into tackle to block even conspiracy theories. See example a post on Facebook which states that the United States patented a vaccine years ago to eradicate coronavirus.
Fake news about the coronavirus, what to do Facebook
The company claimed ifact-checkers they will eliminate fake news about the coronavirus and remove some posts that lead to conspiracy theories about the topic.
"We will also begin to remove content with false claims or conspiracy theories that have been marked by major global health organizations and local health authorities that could cause harm to people who read and believe you"Wrote the company in a note.
"We are doing it as an extension of our existing policies to remove content that could cause moral harm to people".
The companyit will also conduct proactive sweeps to find and remove as much of this content as possible" up Instagram, where I will block them associated hashtags to disinformation.Facebook did not indicate exactly how much content it might remove based on its new rules, but conspiracy theories about the virus spreading on social media.
"We are focusing on claims aimed at discouraging treatment or taking appropriate precautions"Says Facebook."This includes claims related to false treatments or prevention methods such as drinking bleach cures coronavirus – or statements that create confusion about available healthcare resources".
A significant move for Facebook, which often refuses to remove conspiracy theories. Facebook's intervention, however, comes afterTwitterisGooglethey had already announced initiatives to combat conspiracy theories and other inaccurate information about the coronavirus.