COVID-19: Facebook Takes Bold Steps To Prevent COVID19 Fake News From Spreading

In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID19 related fake news, Facebook has taken multiple steps to contain the news and mark it accordingly. Facebook revealed its plan to alert users who are liking or commenting on a fake news item so that they know that they are interacting with fake news. Also, people trying to share fake news related to home made cures of COVID19, instigating anti-government strategies or trying to spread panic will be alerted and diverted to the official COVID19 page of the WHO. Facebook said, its working with independent fact-checking partners who have flagged 4000 articles and as a result displayed alerts on 40 million posts. Facebook has also removed thousands of posts spreading misinformation from their platform.

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