Facebook, remove coronavirus plot theories

Facebook, remove coronavirus plot theories

Facebook is cracking down on rumors of coronaviruses and conspiracy theories.

The company

He said his fact checkers will discredit false claims about the coronavirus and that they will eliminate some publications that drive conspiracy theories about it.

"We will also begin to remove content with false claims or conspiracy theories that have been pointed out by major global health organizations and local health authorities that could harm people who believe them," The company wrote.

"We are doing this as an extension of our existing policies to eliminate content that may cause physical damage."

The company will also perform

“Proactive sweeps to find and eliminate as much of this content as we can” on Instagram, where it will block the hashtags associated with the wrong information.

Facebook did not indicate exactly how much content it would remove under its new rules, but conspiracy theories about the virus are rampant on social media.

"We are focusing on claims that are designed to discourage treatment or take appropriate precautions," says Facebook.

"This includes claims related to false cures or prevention methods, such as drinking bleach that cures the coronavirus, or claims that create confusion about available health resources."

It is a significant movement for Facebook

He often refuses to eliminate conspiracy theories, even if they have been denied by the company's fact checkers.

It should be noted that Facebook's coronavirus policy seems to be much more aggressive than the way it has treated conspiracy theories against the vaccine, which also cause physical harm.

The company will verify and degrade the anti-vaccine content, but publications may remain in News Feed and in groups.

The update

It occurs after Twitter and Google also announced initiatives to combat conspiracy theories and other inaccurate information about the coronavirus.