Facebook added a section to its COVID-19 Information Center to clarify myths

COVID-19 Information

The company added a new section to its Coronavirus Information Center called ‘COVID-19 Information, which aims to debunk common myths about the virus.

Facebook said the new section will debunk common myths that have been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), such as drinking chlorine or taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent the coronavirus.

“This is one more step in the work that we have been doing for a long time to combat misinformation about the pandemic,” the company said in a statement.

More than 2 billion people have been directed to the resources offered by Facebook and Instagram through the Coronavirus Information Center.

The company has implemented a series of measures to reduce disinformation and in April began sending notifications to users who interacted with harmful content related to the virus.

Users who have marked “liked,” reacted, or commented on posts with misinformation about COVID-19 harmful to health, can see notifications in the News section.

In late April, the company began banning events that violated confinement and social distance measures, encouraging users to leave home and demonstrate.

Facebook also introduced a new section, called ‘Know the Facts,’ where users can find articles verified by verification partners, which debunk misinformation about the coronavirus.

Also, due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the United States, in early July Facebook and Instagram had a notification to remind users of social networks to use masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. For now, this notification is available in the United States and starting this week the company will expand it to more countries worldwide.

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