Facebook steps efforts on combating Vaccine Misinformation

Facebook is stepping up efforts in combating vaccine misinformation after making the announcement on Thursday.

“We will reduce the ranking of groups and Pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations in News Feed and Search,” Monika Bickert has warned people spreading misinformation about vaccine.

Leading global health organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have publicly identified verifiable vaccine hoaxes. If these vaccine hoaxes appear on Facebook, we will take action against them.

For example, if a group or Page admin posts this vaccine misinformation, we will exclude the entire group or Page from recommendations, reduce these groups and Pages’ distribution in News Feed and Search, and reject ads with this misinformation.

Vaccination saves millions of children in Africa. Photo credit: UNICEF Sierra Leone

We also believe in providing people with additional context so they can decide whether to read, share, or engage in conversations about information they see on Facebook. We are exploring ways to give people more accurate information from expert organizations about vaccines at the top of results for related searches, on Pages discussing the topic, and on invitations to join groups about the topic. We will have an update on this soon.

We are fully committed to the safety of our community and will continue to expand on this work.

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