It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that misinformation can be deadly as the covid-19 virus. A huge amount of misinformation has been spread through social platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp more than before due to the pandemic. To combat this, Facebook has been actively banning 3000 accounts (and counting), groups and pages from doing so.
3000 may seem like a big number but it's a low number for Facebook. But in those 3000 banned accounts, more than 20 million pieces of news and information got removed for good and more than 190 million got a warning from last year until June this year. These stats and figures were shared by Facebook as part of its community standards enforcement report.
On top of that, Monika Bickert, Facebook VP of Content Policy said the company has been upgrading its policies due to the changing times. So far, the company has removed 65 types of fake vaccine reports such as "COVID-19 shots cause magnetism". Facebook is also facing a challenge where groups are using code language to evade detection and ban.
Facebook said that so far, fake vaccine news has declined by 50% in the US and its covid-19 Information Center reached out to 2 billion people. That being said, we must also do our part to not spread out misinformation. So always check the source before sending or forwarding blindly. Stay safe and stay tuned for more trending tech news at TechNave.com.