Facebook to warn people interacting with coronavirus misinformation

The social media giant is taking steps to curb the spread of bad info.

Facebook announced Thursday they will alert people who have shared, liked or commented on misinformation about COVID-19 on their social media platform.

The company said in a news release they have presented information from the World Health Organization regarding the coronavirus to more that two-billion people.

“But connecting people to credible information is only half the challenge,” said Guy Rosen, the vice president of integrity at Facebook. “Stopping the spread of misinformation and harmful content about COVID-19 on our apps is also critically important.”

In the next few weeks users will see a popup notification any time they interact with incorrect coronavirus information.

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Such corrections will include:

  • 5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19.
  • Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25C degrees DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • You can recover from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Catching the new coronavirus DOES NOT mean you will have it for life.
  • Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease.
  • Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous.
  • COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.
  • Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.
  • Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease.
  • The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

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