Facebook has removed over 3000 accounts for spreading Covid-19-related misinformation
Since the beginning of the Coronavirus epidemic, Facebook has taken a strong stand against misleading and false content and deleted millions of posts.
The company has told in a report that they have banned so many pages, groups, and accounts that were sharing misleading and false content about the COVID-19 vaccine. According to Facebook, more than 3,000 accounts, groups, and pages that violate the rules of its platform have been blocked so far.
These figures from the report released by Facebook seem quite low. Because the company itself says that so far more than 20 million misleading materials related to vaccines and epidemics have been deleted, while more than 190 million warning labels have been added since the beginning of the Corona epidemic until June 2021.
But that low number corresponds to the results of a recent study that found that very few people (only 12) are responsible for spreading lies about vaccines on social media.
Referring to the report, Monica Beckett, Facebook’s vice president of content policy, said the company was constantly improving its policies and had so far removed 65 types of misleading content related to vaccines. He also said that ‘coded language’ is used by some groups so that they do not get caught by the company and this is a challenge.
According to Facebook, more than 36 banned groups and pages were ‘super spreaders’ for spreading misleading content. The company added that it has taken further action against these groups, pages, or accounts.
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According to the report, other penalties were also applied to accounts linked to 12 individuals and to more than 2 dozen groups and pages, such as lowering their posts on the newsfeed so that fewer people could see them or recommend others. ۔
The report goes on to say that we also applied penalties to some website domains so that any content from those websites could be shown far below the news feed.