Fake cures for the coronavirus are spreading across social media, particularly on Facebook, and the company is taking action…
There’s always misinformation out in the public discourse but it’s more prolific on social media where it’s shared by users without questioning the legitimacy of the content. Unsurprisingly, its prominent on Facebook, where fake cures for the coronavirus are spreading.
Facebook Plagued by Fake Coronavirus Cures
The World Health Organization recently declared the coronavirus an international health emergency. And, with such a frenzy around it, there’s a lot of false info going around on Facebook, which says that it is:
“Our global network of third-party fact-checkers are continuing their work reviewing content and debunking false claims that are spreading related to the coronavirus. When they rate information as false, we limit its spread on Facebook and Instagram and show people accurate information from these partners. We also send notifications to people who already shared or are trying to share this content to alert them that it’s been fact-checked.”
Facebook further states it will delete such posts when it finds them:
“This includes claims related to false cures or prevention methods — like drinking bleach cures the coronavirus — or claims that create confusion about health resources that are available. We will also block or restrict hashtags used to spread misinformation on Instagram, and are conducting proactive sweeps to find and remove as much of this content as we can.”