Dec 3, 2020

Covid-19: Facebook to take down false vaccine claims

OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP. Facebook says it will start removing false claims about Covid-19 vaccines to prevent "Imminent physical harm". The company says it is accelerating its plans to ban misleading and false information on its Facebook and Instagram platforms following the announcement of the first vaccine being approved for use in the United Kingdom. Among already-debunked claims that won't be allowed are falsehoods about vaccine ingredients, safety, effectiveness and side-effects. "This could include false claims about the safety, efficacy, ingredients or side effects of the vaccines [and] false claims that Covid-19 vaccines contain microchips, or anything else that isn't on the official vaccine ingredient list." JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP. Social media is awash with conspiracy theories about coronavirus vaccines, which resurface whenever news breaks - like the approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use in the UK. These conspiracies are worlds away from legitimate concerns, making false allegations of microchipping, genocide and DNA alternation.

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