Aug 19, 2020

Facebook 'danger to public health' warns report

Health misinformation on Facebook was viewed 3.8 billion times in the past year, peaking during the Covid-19 crisis, a report suggests. Activist group Avaaz, which conducted the research, said Facebook posed a "Major threat" to public health. "We've directed over two billion people to resources from health authorities and when someone tries to share a link about Covid-19, we show them a pop-up to connect them with credible health information." Despite its efforts, Avaaz's report suggests only 16% of the health misinformation it identified on Facebook carried a warning label. Facebook insists it is combating dangerous health myths.

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