The social network Facebook is one of the most popular online platforms and with that comes a great responsibility. In connection with the spread of coronavirus, a lot of misinformation began to appear on social networks, which society could not just leave. He regularly updates his blog post, in which he writes how he tries to help his users in these times and at the same time how he protects them from false information.
Endless fight against misinformation
The biggest problem facing society is the just mentioned dissemination of misinformation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the company has taken several measures to prevent this, such as the introduction of stricter rules for group administrators, the deletion or labeling of false posts, or restrictions on advertising. The company has also invested up to $ 100 million in intelligence and fact-finding.
However, it is questionable how successful Facebook is in this. The truthfulness of the contributions is evaluated by an algorithm and it can be very easily deceived. It can also mark posts that are not harmful and, on the contrary, fight against misinformation.
Action against the latest conspiracies related to the arrival of the vaccine
Recently, misinformation about coronavirus vaccines is beginning to spread on the Internet. Facebook commented on the situation in the latest update of this post. All false and potentially dangerous information about the safety, efficacy, ingredients or side effects of the vaccine will be deleted from the platform. In the example, Facebook cited two popular conspiracy theories – the claim that the vaccine contained microchips and the theory that some countries would be used as “guinea pigs” to test it.
Official knowledge about the vaccine will change in the coming months, and Facebook is aware of this fact. Therefore, the rules regarding the deletion of false contributions will be changed and adjusted as necessary.
Financial support for the most affected sectors
The pandemic also had a major impact on health and the economy, especially on smaller companies. Facebook is trying to help and donate significant sums to support these sectors – namely $ 20 million to support coronavirus research, $ 25 million to support front-line healthcare professionals and $ 100 million to support small businesses. He also used his platforms to help and provide free advertising to healthcare organizations.
Trying to keep people connected
The coronavirus also had a big impact on socialization, and many people feel lonely because of pandemics. Facebook strives not only to help these people connect with their loved ones, but also to help employees and employers work remotely as efficiently as possible. It provided government and healthcare organizations with free access to its Workplace platform. The company also donated $ 2 million to support the hotlines.
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