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February 7 12:32

Facebook announces plans to ban posts containing coronavirus conspiracy theories and bogus cures

Facebook has announced that it will work with worldwide and local health agencies to battle misinformation and falsities regarding the coronavirus crisis.
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In a post on the social media giant’s blog, Facebook head of health Kang-Xing Jin detailed the company’s plans to battle deception about the lethal outbreak.

"We are doing this as an extension of our existing policies to remove content that could cause physical harm," Jin wrote. "We’re focusing on claims that are designed to discourage treatment or taking appropriate precautions."
False information about the coronavirus has been overflowing on the internet, and particularly social media platforms. Some of examples included posted information and videos on Facebook of people erroneously promising that Vitamin C will alleviate the viral infection or prevent it altogether.
In response, Facebook has permitted authorities and health officials to flag for removal content on Facebook and Instagram that advocates detrimental content including conspiracy theories or fake remedies for infections, Jin wrote.
The organization will likewise moderate or outright ban hashtags related with to misinformation on Instagram.
The move supplements existing actions taken by the internet media goliath to stop deception by permitting independent fact-checkers to audit content for false or misleading claims.
In the event that a post is found to contain bogus “facts” by one of the aforementioned means, the post’s viewability will be restricted on the platforms and users will see an indication that will inform them of the fact-checker's conclusion.
Jin additionally said Facebook will begin displaying a data module with information about the coronavirus outbreak when users see search results or hashtags related to the virus, following a similar strategy that was recently implemented by Twitter.