On Tuesday, Facebook announced that it would take off all the wrong claims regarding COVID-19 vaccines. These claims have been exposed by public health experts following a similar statement by Alphabet Inc’s YouTube in October.
Facebook’s present principles against falsehoods and conspiracy theories about the pandemic are extended with this move. According to Facebook, it removes false information related to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic that gives rise to a threat of “imminent” damage. Simultaneously, labeling and decreasing distribution of other wrong affirm that fails to appear at that threshold.
According to a social media company blog post, the worldwide policy change came in comeback to the news that COVID-19 vaccines will be arriving soon worldwide.
Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc, the two drug organizations, have requested US officials to approve their vaccine candidates for emergency use. Moreover, the vaccine created by Pfizer got approval from Britain on Wednesday. They are now hopping ahead of the rest of the world in the race to start the most significant mass inoculation program in history.
As per the researchers, during the pandemic, the false information regarding the Covid-19 vaccines got viral on social media, which includes viral anti-vaccine posts shared on various social media platforms and several ideological groups.
According to a report issued by the nonprofit First Draft in November, Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram is the source behind the 84 percent of interactions created by vaccine-related conspiracy content.
However, presently the social media tech giant Facebook has stated that it would take off all the debunked coronavirus vaccine conspiracies, including that the vaccines’ safety is being tried on selective communities without their permission and wrong information about the vaccines.
Facebook wrote in one of its blog posts,
“This could include false claims about the safety, efficacy, ingredients or side effects of the vaccines. For example, we will remove false claims that COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips.”
Furthermore, the social media tech giant stated that it would update the asserts it deletes based on developing public health officials’ guidance.
Although we don’t get any specific date about when the company will implement the update strategy, but admitted that it would “not be able to begin imposing these strategies overnight.”
Furthermore, Facebook has hardly deleted false information regarding other vaccines, following its strategy of removing content that endangers imminent damage. Earlier, the company has eliminated vaccine misinformation in Samoa where a measles explosion killed dozens late last year. It takes off misleading allegations regarding a polio vaccine drive in Pakistan directing violence against health workers.
The social media tech giant, which has taken steps to surface valid data regarding vaccines, stated in October that it would also forbid ads that intimidate people from taking vaccines. Facebook recently deleted a prominent anti-vaccine page and a large private group. One of them was frequently violating COVID misinformation laws, and the other one was supporting the QAnon conspiracy theory.