Facebook fights vaccine hoaxes

Facebook fights vaccine hoaxes

Facebook fights vaccine hoaxes

Along with expelling anti-vaccine related targeting options such as "vaccine controversies", Facebook would also reject advertisements that propagate false info on vaccinations, and even step up to disable the violating accounts.

The mother of two children, aged six and nine, said the site that has been widely accused of allowing misinformation to continue on a range of topics needs to do more to protect youth from "dangerous" groups that deal in paranoia, not science.

The pages, operating with names such as "Anti Far Right Extremists", "Atheists Research Centre" and "Politicalised", garnered nearly 175,000 followers on the social networking platform, while another 4,500 followers were found on Instagram, according to Facebook's Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher.

If these vaccine hoaxes appear on Facebook, the company said, it will take action against them.

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However, Facebook, will not be taking down the ads entirely said Monika Bickert, Facebook's vice president of global policy management in a blog post.

Facebook announced that it will reduce the exposure of groups and pages that spread incorrect facts on vaccines with the help of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control and the Center for Disease Prevention.

"I'm happy to see @Facebook's thoughtful application of remove/reduce/inform to health misinformation", she said.

"The parental refusals due to misconceptions regarding the vaccine are emerging as the major obstacle in achieving complete eradication", Khan's office said in a letter to the head of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, referring to parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated. Simply removing such material, the company said, wouldn't effectively counter fictional information with the factual.

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Last month, Facebook removed hundreds of Indonesian accounts, pages and groups from its network after discovering they were linked to an online group accused of spreading hate speech and fake news.

Clunn said she attempted to draw attention to the issue of vaccinations about three years ago in her local school district but only about 100 people signed a petition as groups opposed to vaccination seemed to be increasingly using Facebook as a platform to spread their message. Pages and Groups sharing these hoaxes, the platform says, will be penalized in the News Feed.

YouTube and Pinterest have also taken steps to tackle the spread of anti-vaccine information.

Laughing, Lindenberger said, "Not Facebook".

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