Facebook and its image service, Instagram, have been under increasing pressure from outside for disinformation, according tomedia reports, and they have been trying to direct social media users to get trusted content from health organizations. But it’s unclear how effective these efforts are, especially now that new coronavirus scams and conspiracy theories are starting to flourish.
On Wednesday, local time, Facebook said its eponymous social networking platform and Instagram had reached more than 1 billion users, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). resources provided by the organization. Facebook says more than 100 million people learn more about these resources through pop-ups on its web. Users also see information about the new corona virus on it.
Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications, outlined the company’s efforts in a blog post, launching strategic policies such as introducing new features, offering donations and removing new coronavirus messages that could cause bodily harm.
Also last week, Facebook began showing users in several countries, including the U.S. and Europe, a new coronavirus information network center that displays data, news articles, social distance tips and other relevant content.
Despite these efforts, there seems to be false information slipping through Facebook’s eyes. Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that it had found dozens of videos, photos and posts containing the new virus error message on Facebook, Twitter and Google.
Misinformation has even appeared on private messaging apps including Facebook-owned WhatsApp, an encryption service popular in developing countries. To that end, WhatsApp launched a new Coronavirus Information Center and donated $1 million to help fact-checkers uncover scams, lies and more that appeared above.
About 57 percent of Americans who rely heavily on social media for news said they had encountered some or a lot of news and information about the new crown, which appeared to be fabricated, according to a Survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.
This week, Another Facebook service, Messenger, said it would launch a new project that gives developers free access to health groups. In addition, Messenger plans to start testing the limit on the number of chat slots users can send at once using their services.