Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Facebook has intensified efforts to monitor and eliminate accounts and publications that disseminate false information on the subject. Vaccination intensified the phenomenon and since then, among profiles, groups and pages, more than 3,000 have been banned.
The number was released by the social network itself in a report on the activity that has been carried out in the name of compliance with the platform’s guidelines. While it may seem small, given the amount of misinformation that is shared about the pandemic, the company points out that more than 20 million publications were also eliminated and 190 million were marked with a warning about the possibility that their content could be misleading.
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Of the more than 3,000 profiles, groups and pages eliminated, Facebook reports that the group responsible for putting lies about the pandemic in circulation on social networks is, in fact, reduced. The content is then replicated and hence the number of publications deleted and tagged is substantially higher.
Monika Bickert, vice president of the department responsible for content policy, explained, in conversation with journalists, that 65 types of false information have been identified. Bickert also said that some groups are already using coded language to try to escape the remit of teams and monitoring systems, which could pose a challenge for the company.
Facebook also reported that its information center for Covid-19 reached 2 billion people. The page was created to share reliable information and data about the pandemic, as well as about vaccination.
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