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Facebook fighting fake news linked to coronavirus

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The spread of harmful misinformation and fake news are issues tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have been wrangling with for some time. There are claims related to false prevention methods and cures for coronavirus, such as drinking bleach cures infections, spreading on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. 

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The social media giant has already started taking proactive measures to fight the spread of harmful content, apart from taking action against those who spread misinformation.

Facebook has announced that is working to limit the spread of misinformation and harmful content about the virus and connecting people to helpful information.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.

“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’s Head of Health Kang-Xing Jin said

Kang further sated that their platforms are already being used to help people connect with accurate information about the situation, including from global and regional health organizations.

“We’ve been closely coordinating with leading health organizations to make this easier and more accessible for people using Facebook and Instagram.” – he said.

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