Facebook owner decides to label all COVID-19 vaccine posts


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Mark Zuckerberg the Facebook owner has faced a barrage of criticism for allowing vaccine misinformation to spread on its platform, made by lawmakers and researchers. According to Facebook Inc, it has started adding labels to the posts discussing the safety of shots and also keen to label all vaccine’s related posts shortly. 

Facebook owner has made an announcement for launching a tool in the United States to give people information about where to get COVID-19 vaccines and adding a COVID-19 information area to its photo-sharing site Instagram, said in a blog post. 

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False claims and conspiracies put down their roots about coronavirus vaccines on social media during the pandemic.

Facebook and Instagram apps have strict their policies after long taking a hands-off approach to vaccine misinformation, remain home to large accounts, pages, and groups that promote false claims about the shots, and can be easily found through keyword searches. 

“The false claims were taken by the company “very seriously” but said there was “a huge gray area of people who have concerns…some of which some people would call misinformation and some of which other people would call doubt.” said by Facebook’s Cheif Product Officer Chris Cox in an interview. 

Moving on, he added, “The best thing to do in that huge gray area is just to show up with authoritative information in a helpful way, be a part of the conversation and do it with health experts.”

The Company said, It was labeling Instagram and Facebook vaccines posts discussing the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, saying that the vaccine undergoes safety and efficacy tests before approval. 

Moreover, in the blog post, it also said that it has removed more than 2 million pieces of content from both Facebook and Instagram apps due to false claims about coronavirus and vaccines made in February. Facebook owner said it had also set the metrics temporary and reduce the reach of content from users accordingly who repeatedly share content marked false by fact-checkers. 

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James Robert is a journalist who covers all the social media and tech-related news for SG-educate, the world's largest multimedia news agency. He reports on tech from all over the world, focusing mostly on social media platforms. He has worked as a digital editor and online coverage of global breaking news on tech and big stories, reaching millions of readers across multiple platforms.

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