Facebook will alert users who liked the coronavirus hoaxes: NPR

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Facebook says it removed “hundreds of thousands” of false information about COVID-19, including dangerous bogus treatment and articles that contradict public health advice.

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Facebook says it removed “hundreds of thousands” of false information about COVID-19, including dangerous bogus treatment and articles that contradict public health advice.

Olivier Douliery / AFP via Getty Images

In a new movement to stop the spread of dangerous and false information about the coronavirus, Facebook will begin to tell people when they interacted with publications on healings, hoaxes and other false allegations.

Over the next few weeks, Facebook users who have liked, reacted, or commented on potentially dangerous, debugged content will see a message in their news feed directing them to the World Health Organization’s “Myth busters” page. There, WHO dispels some of the most common lies about the pandemic.

“We want to connect people who may have interacted with harmful, false information about the virus with truth from authoritative sources in the event that they re-examine or hear these allegations on Facebook,” wrote Guy Rosen, vice president of Facebook for integrity, in a blog post. .

The new functionality will go beyond Facebook’s current attempts to prevent dangerous disinformation about the virus on its network. So far, it has only warned users when they share a message that the auditors have labeled false.

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