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Facebook Gives World Health Organization Free Ads to Combat Coronavirus ‘Misinformation’

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March 5, 2020

Facebook recently announced that it will provide free ads to the World Health Organization (WHO) in an attempt to fight “misinformation” surrounding the coronavirus.

Reuters reports that social media giant Facebook has announced that it will provide free advertisements to the WHO as the group attempts to fight misinformation about the coronavirus online. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated in a Facebook post: “We’re giving the WHO as many free ads as they need for their coronavirus response along with other in-kind support.”

The post further states:

We’re also focused on stopping hoaxes and harmful misinformation. It’s important that everyone has a place to share their experiences and talk about the outbreak, but as our community standards make clear, it’s not okay to share something that puts people in danger. So we’re removing false claims and conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations. We’re also blocking people from running ads that try to exploit the situation — for example, claiming that their product can cure the disease.

As well as accessing information, we’re also looking at how people can use our services to help contribute to the broader efforts to contain the outbreak. Researchers are already using aggregated and anonymized Facebook data — including mobility data and population density maps — to better understand how the virus is spreading.

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This article was posted: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 5:18 am

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