Additional modifications in Facebook’s policy against fake news on its social networks was made in an announcement recently. Users sharing misleading information on Facebook and Instagram will now be punished severely by the company.
A significant move by Facebook to avoid anti-vaccination posts, that have become more persistent with COVID-19 vaccines approaching, reports The Guardian. Any content that is against the support of the public health experts will be taken down by the social network.
These changes will apply to all Facebook and Instagram users around the world, as stated by a Facebook spokesman.
Given the recent news that Covid-19 vaccines will soon be rolling out around the world, over the coming weeks we will also start removing false claims about these vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts on Facebook and Instagram.
It is known that advertisements with misinformation about vaccines in an attempt to stop the spread of vaccine hoaxes were banned last year by Facebook.
With Facebook preventing the dissemination of fake news, when it comes to content with misleading information, Twitter has also become intrusive by including alerts for disputed tweets.
Successful tech companies have been investing more to deliver trustworthy news and avoid misleading content because of the drastic situation caused by COVID-19 pandemic.