Facebook said it works with the World Health Organization, NGOs, UN agencies, and many other health institutions to compile the right information about this virus as well as the spreaders of the false COVID-19 information. Facebook has taken its greater and tougher stance to take down posts or pictures about any misinformation of COVID-19 and vaccines to avoid causing harm.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Facebook and Instagram users will also not be allowed to post false statements about vaccines being ineffective at preventing the disease, vaccines being more dangerous than getting the disease, or vaccines being toxic, dangerous, or causing autism, as well as on pages and groups.
Facebook’s vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, said on Monday that “it will begin enforcing this policy immediately, with a particular focus on pages, groups, and accounts that violate these rules, and we’ll continue to expand our enforcement over the coming weeks.” Social network accounts can also be completely disabled or removed.
But despite these increased efforts, misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine is still spreading on the social network. This has made people prefer dying by the virus rather than being cured by the vaccine. In the coming weeks, Instagram is planning to make it tougher to find accounts that discourage people from getting vaccinated in its search results.
Now, Facebook said it’s giving $120 million in ad credits to health ministries, NGOs, and UN agencies to spread the right information about the COVID-19 vaccine and preventive health, which would get to more than 2 billion people from 189 countries.