23 April 2020
Facebook has announced a new measure to keep the spread of COVID-19 misinformation under check. It has revealed that all those users who have interacted with "harmful" COVID-19 misinformation will be notified. The type of engagement is likely to be related to liking such posts, posting comments, and sharing them on their timeline.
The notification will be about alerting users that the news they have interacted with is inaccurate and could even be harmful. It will further redirect them to genuine sources for finding updated and correct information. The source will be the official myth-buster page set up by the World Health Organization (WHO).
One of the major issues of concern for Facebook is posts that promote unverified and unreliable methods as potential COVID-19 cures. Some pages and ads have been spotted that even guarantee complete treatment. Facebook has revealed that it has already taken down numerous such posts. It has multiple fact-checking partners that help it discover articles with incorrect information which are the flagged.
Guy Rosen, VP of Integrity for Facebook said,
“We want to connect people who may have interacted with harmful misinformation about the virus with the truth from authoritative sources in case they see or hear these claims again off of Facebook".