Facebook considers stopping banning misinformation about covid

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    Facebook is studying stop prohibiting disinformation about covid

    On March 3, 2020, the proliferation of hoaxes about the coronavirus forced to Facebook to take measures to limit its circulation. “It's not okay to share something that puts people in danger,” he explained. so Mark Zuckerberg, its founder and CEO. More than two years later, the platform wants to take advantage of the easing of the pandemic to put an end to restrictions on misinformation”. n on covid.

    However, it is a thorny problem, since the impact of the health crisis has varied depending on the country . That is why the social networkhas decided to go to its supervisory board, a panel of experts created in 2020 to advise, to make a decision. “We are requesting an advisory opinion on whether the current Meta measures to tackle covid-19 misinformation under our policy on harmful misinformation to health are still appropriate.” “, explained the company's head of global affairs, Nick Clegg.

    Meta's current content moderation policy has sought to curb the spread of hoaxes about the coronavirus, such as conspiracy theories denying the existence of covid or that attribute the existence of the virus to a diabolical plan of certain countries. The measures taken so far have been such as labeling posts that were not true, redirecting the user to reliable information from sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or even banning The ads that sought to monetize the pandemic.

    Non-binding opinion

    The Facebook Oversight Board is an independent group created in 2020 to He advised the company on controversial issues, such as the blocking of the account of former President Donald Trump. However, the opinion of this body is purely advisory, so Facebook does not commit to adopting its resolution, something that has led critics to point out that it is a maneuver by the platform. to cover up its controversial decisions.

    Meta's final decision could take up to more than two months, since the company establishes that it must respond and react to the recommendations of the meeting within a maximum of 60 days after they have been published.

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