Facebook will start putting anti-misinformation messages in the News Feeds of people who have engaged with fake coronavirus stories. T
he company offered an update on its fight against harmful misinformation, announcing the launch of a couple of new features for promoting accurate news.
One of these is a box that will appear for people who liked, reacted to, or commented on a post that Facebook later removed, encouraging them to visit the World Health Organization’s site.
Facebook is separately launching a “Get the Facts” section full of vetted news about the pandemic.
Today’s update follows a scathing report by nonprofit group Avaaz, which called the site an “epicenter of coronavirus misinformation” and cited numerous posts containing dangerous health advice and fake cures.
The company pushed back on this accusation, saying it’s removed “hundreds of thousands of pieces of misinformation” in the past weeks.