Facebook to warn users who 'liked' coronavirus hoaxes

Facebook will start alerting users who have interacted with ‘harmful misinformation’ about COVID-19		
		
	Brian Heater

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Facebook will start alerting users who have interacted with ‘harmful misinformation’ about COVID-19 Brian Heater @bheater 7 hours

Avaaz researchers analysed a sample of more than 100 pieces of Facebook coronavirus misinformation on the website's English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian and French versions.

Globally, Facebook has directed over 2 billion people to the WHO and other health authorities through Covid-19 Information Centre and pop-ups on Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook will begin forcibly rerouting social media users who interact with misinformation surrounding COVID-19 to the World Health Organization's website for clarification.

But that hasn't stopped all bad information from spreading quickly. We want to connect people who may have interacted with harmful misinformation about the virus with the truth from authoritative sources in case they see or hear these claims again off of Facebook.

Facebook says it has removed "hundreds of thousands" of pieces of misinformation about COVID-19, including unsafe fake cures and posts contradicting public health advice.

Under the programme, which started in December 2016, Facebook pays to use fact-checks from organisations including media outlets and specialised verifiers on its platform and on Instagram.

Offending content posted by friends on the site just appears in the news feed as a blank grey box after it has been deemed unsafe by Facebook, which users can still choose to view. The warning labels deterred about 95% of people who saw them from clicking through to the content.

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Avaaz found it could take up to three weeks for Facebook to post warning labels or remove content that fact-checkers rated as false. "Examples of misinformation we've removed include harmful claims like drinking bleach cures the virus and theories like physical distancing is ineffective in preventing the disease from spreading".

Regulations published shortly after President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster criminalised the intentional distribution of fake news about the coronavirus, those infected with Covid-19 or the government's efforts to address the virus.

The social network's new update follows news that more 5G phone masts were vandalised by conspiracy theorists over the Easter weekend, including some providing internet to the NHS's temporary Nightingale hospital in Birmingham.

For other debunked claims, including conspiracy theories about the virus's origin, Facebook limits how many people see those posts and shows "strong warning labels and notifications" when people view them or try to share them.

Acts of providing, sharing fabricated information, causing confusion among the people, inciting violence, crimes, social evils and gambling; providing, sharing literary, artistic and publishing works without the consent of the author or not yet permitted for circulation will also be fined VND10-20 million.

Facebook also said it is now working with over 60 fact-checking organisations that review and rate content in more than 50 languages around the world, with eight new partners added since the beginning of March.

The Ministry said once fake news items or social media posts have been identified, platform owners are notified to bring down the posts. It's more likely than ever with the lack of curation of COVID-19 information. He said the warnings would appear for those who have "liked, reacted or commented" on such content. All stories linked in the newsletter are free to access.

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