Immediately after Pinterest, Facebook is rolling out a new program targeted at dealing with anti-vaccine misinformation. Henceforth, whenever users on Facebook search for vaccine-based content, including through hashtags and groups, the social media service will show a card that prompts those people to instead get data from a believable source. In the US, the alert will direct users to the website for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). In other regions of the globe, those same alerts will direct users to the WHO (World Health Organization). Instagram will also work the same on its service.
But, the alerts do not appear to fully stop users from seeing anti-vaccination material. One screenshot the firm shared with the media displays that people have the alternative to still see what other consumers have posted with a vaccine-based hashtag. This varies from Pinterest’s lately declared approach, in which the firm has claimed it will only show data from believable sources such as the WHO. In addition to this, unlike Pinterest, it does not seem that Facebook has operated with the WHO and CDC to produce content that lives squarely on its website.
On a related note, a top executive of Google earlier claimed that the U.S. Internet major has to do more to clear out on misinformation and illegal content after the U.S. companies were interrogated over Russian meddling by Congress in the U.S. election of 2016.
“We have made some growth and we clearly require doing more,” president of Google’s Middle East, Europe, and Africa division, Matt Brittin, to the reporters in an interview at European headquarters of Google in Dublin. A day after shocking indictments in a U.S. investigation of possible coordination between Russia & President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow election interference, Google, Facebook, and Twitter claimed the involved lawmakers last week they were taking essential actions to rid their platforms of propaganda, disinformation, and provocation.