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Facebook Wants You to Get the Facts on Coronavirus

Dave Parrack 18-04-2020

Facebook has promised to do more to stop the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 WhatsApp Limits Forwarding to Fight Misinformation WhatsApp has introduced new limits on message forwarding in an attempt to stop the spread of misinformation about COVID-19. Read More . Because, despite its previous efforts, people are still sharing absolute nonsense about the cause of, and possible cures for, COVID-19 on the social network.


Facebook Hopes to Dispel COVID-19 Myths

The social network announced its new efforts in a post on the Facebook Newsroom. There are essentially two components; one aimed at informing users who may have been guilty of spreading misinformation, and the other aimed at providing accurate information.

The first element is a new section of the COVID-19 Information Center called Get the Facts. This features fact-checked articles that debunk misinformation about the coronavirus. The articles are curated by human checkers, and updated every week.

I want to share an update on the work we're doing to connect people with accurate information and limit the spread of…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, April 16, 2020

The second element is designed to inform people who have already interacted with harmful misinformation about COVID-19. So, if you have liked, reacted, or commented on a post that Facebook has since removed, Facebook will tell you about it.

You’ll see a message in News Feed informing you that the post you interacted with was removed. The message will point you to a list of myths debunked by the World Health Organization (WHO). The hope being that you’ll stop amplifying untruths in the future.


Reliable Sources for Coronavirus Information

Whatever you may think of the WHO and its lax attitude to China, it’s still the best option we have for fighting the coronavirus pandemic. And its website is packed with useful help and advice, including the aforementioned page busting the myths about COVID-19.

And the WHO is far from the only trustworthy source for news on the coronavirus. In fact there are so many that we have compiled a list of sites you can trust for reliable information about COVID-19 Coronavirus COVID-19: 15 Sites You Can Trust for Reliable Information Don't fall for the fake news around the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the reliable and trustworthy news sources you must go to. Read More . So there’s no need to spread lies and misinformation.

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  1. dragonmouth
    April 22, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    "Facebook Wants You to Get the Facts on Coronavirus "
    Gospel according to Mark. (Zuckerberg, that is)

  2. John Smith
    April 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    No they don't.
    They want you to what they agree with.
    They are using the WHO as a source. One of their fact checkers is reported to have been worked at the Wuhan lab. That alone makes them lose credibility.
    It is not a secret Facebook and the rest of the social media outlets discriminate, limit speech and limit what those who don't fall in line say. Your account can be set to limited, suspended or permanently disabled if you say what they think is not true.

    At the same time, all social media websites are full of false information, smears, actual fake news and those accounts and posts are still there, since they fall in what the people who run those outlets agree with.

    The bottom line, do your own research, and if you see something removed or labeled false by Facebook or others, most those posts are either true, or closer to the truth than what Facebook thinks is true most of the time.
    Yes, there are exceptions, but most of the time social media outlets, and Facebook in particular mislabel posts as false.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 19, 2020 at 12:33 am

      I'm afraid facts are facts, whether or not you choose to believe them.

      • Howard A Pearce
        April 19, 2020 at 3:57 pm

        It's one thing to present the facts but it is another to try to suppress other views which is what Facebook is trying to do.

        "Facebook has promised to do more to stop the spread of misinformation about COVID-"

      • dragonmouth
        April 20, 2020 at 1:08 pm

        Facts are facts only when they suit your narrative. When they do not support your agenda, they are labeled as "Fake News" and even outright lies.

        Fact is the WHO is shilling for the Chinese Communist Party, acting as the CCP's propaganda organ.

        Fact is that in the last 20 years THREE pandemics have come out of China - swine flu, SARS and Wuhan Coronavirus.

        Facts are facts, Dave, even when the China apologists refused to admit to them.