While the Boycott against Facebook is beginning to fade away, wrong information involving the ongoing pandemic has since been one of Facebook’s priority. Facebook’s way of helping reduce information relating to Covid-19 involves a new “screen information” that provides information about a/an article, post or link. This information could include the source of the post, link or article and its source.
According to Facebook, the goal of this “attempt” is to “help people understand the recency and source of the content before they share it” and to direct “people to our COVID-19 Information Center to ensure people have access to credible information about COVID-19 from global health authorities.” It further expatiates the network’s already existing recency notifications, launched in June to help reduce the spread of older links that “pop up” in situations that can mislead ongoing events.
The new “screen information” is a measure alongside others, Facebook has been implementing since March to stop its network from being a conduit for dangerous Covid-19 theories and other types of incorrect information. In the beginning of the pandemic, Facebook put correct Corona virus related news from trusted health and medical authorities at the top of the News Feed, alongside the Covid-19 information hub.
Even with these preventive measures, Facebook has actively tried to fight against the quick spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories for months now and this includes: banning anti-mask groups and placing anti-misinformation messages into the News Feeds of users who may have engaged with fake coronavirus stories. A few months ago, a hoax video went around, technically causing more issues for Facebook. A video was released last month by Breitbart News, one of Facebook’s trusted news partners and it contained false information about the virus cures and ways to deal with it.
Facebook says that it will be restricting some information sources to ensure well needed links do not get overlooked or ignored. “Along those lines, we want to ensure we don’t slow the spread of information from credible health authorities, so content posted by government health authorities and recognized global health organizations, like the World Health Organization, will not have this notification,” the company says.