Facebook To Alert Users Who Share, Comment On Fake COVID-19 Posts


Fake information related to COVID-19 has misled many people through all the social media platforms. But now, Facebook will send a notification directly to the user who likes, share, or comment on such misinformation news or posts.

Due to the misinformation and fake news, people have been trapped and been entirely misled by such information as per the Fast Company report, because of which now the company will send a notification to whoever has likes, comment, or shared a particular post depicting COVID-19 misinformation that’s been taken down for violating the platform’s terms of services.

In an attempt to improve the record, the company will now connect the users with authentic or trustworthy sources where they can get the trustable and correct information about the Coronavirus. The report further stated that even a user interacts with a fake post that has been removed, Facebook will send a direct notification to the user, informing them that the post was taken down.

According to the officials’ statement-  “If the user clicks the notification, they’ll be taken to a landing page with a screenshot of the post and a short explanation for why it was removed.” This will also offer follow-up actions, like the unsubscribe option from the group that originally posted the wrong or incorrect information.

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Even Facebook earlier announced to take more strict actions regarding the misinformation spread about the COVID-19 vaccine. They claimed that they would remove any false information about the Coronavirus vaccine, which has been ridiculed by Public Health experts. And this will be valid in both the platforms- Facebook and Instagram.

Last month, to decrease the spread of “vaccine hoaxes” on its platform, Facebook & Instagram informed that they would no longer allow advertisements that include misinformation about vaccines.

Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty

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