Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Facebook Is Officially Taking Action Against Vaccine Misinformation - Here's What to Expect

Facebook to crackdown on anti-vaccine misinformation	 	 	 			Mark Zuckerberg wants to reposition Facebook as a privacy-focused platform Facebook to crackdown on anti-vaccine misinformation Mark Zuckerberg wants to reposition Facebook as a privacy-focused platform
Celia Hoffman | 09 March, 2019, 23:40

These groups and pages will be automatically removed from recommendations and search predictions as a result. In it, he expressed concern that Facebook and Instagram, which the company also owns, are "surfacing and recommending messages" that discourage children's vaccination.

It will also reduce the ranking of pages promoting such information, reject ads that consist of misinformation about vaccinations, and "will take action against" World Health Organization-verified hoaxes that appear on Facebook.

The company has chose to take action against accounts which are promoting vaccine hoaxes that have been publicly identified by the World Health Organisation and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, US. Additionally, it will also curb vaccine misinformation from Facebook-owned Instagram. But despite ample available data some groups continue to lobby against mandatory vaccination, gaining significant traction on social media sites.

According to a press release, the company will begin actively "reducing [vaccine misinformation] distribution and providing people with authoritative information on the topic".

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Facebook.

Facebook has announced steps to counteract the spread of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories on its network.

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Federal health officials have attributed a recent spike in the number of measles cases in part to misinformation that has made some parents shun the vaccine.

Art Caplan, head of the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University School of Medicine, has said he would welcome changes but said it may be necessary for Facebook to pull "scurrilous and erroneous sites down completely".

"While we work hard to remove content that violates our policies, we also give our community tools to control what they see as well as use Facebook to speak up and share perspectives with the community around them", the company's statement read. However, the spokeswoman said, the users who already belong to the groups or pages will be able to log onto them as usual.

The decision to take action comes just after days after the publication of another comprehensive study which showed the efficacy and safety of vaccines and confirmed they are a vital component of public health. And last week, a teenager told Congress that he had been immunized against the wishes of his mother, who had received a lot of her anti-vaccine information from Facebook.

Laughing, Lindenberger said, "Not Facebook".

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