Facebook has removed one of the largest anti-mask groups on its platform because it violated the platform’s policy on prohibiting the spread of false information about new crown pneumonia,media reported. It is reported that with more than 9,600 members of Unmasking America! The group said they were here to spread the truth about the mask. According to the group, wearing a mask can hinder the flow of oxygen and negatively affect the mind.
When searching for “take off the mask” on Facebook, it’s easy to find dozens of such groups. Some groups are private, which means that new members need to be approved by the group administrator. But they are all the same, opposing public health interventions advocated by medical experts. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear masks in all public places, which could limit the spread of the virus. These Facebook groups are for people who don’t want to wear masks, and there are a lot of them.
According tomedia The Verge, Facebook only took action after it sent them a request for inquiry. “We have a clear policy against spreading harmful misinformation about COVID 19, and we have removed this group while reviewing other groups,” Facebook spokesman Dami Oyefeso said in an email. “
According to Facebook, if a group repeatedly shares fake news, the platform will be displayed in a lower-ranked location in the user’s News Feeds, and the platform will stop suggesting that users join the group.