Facebook Joins in the Fight Against Vaccine Misinformation

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[스페셜경제= Dongsu Kim] Whether or not one should vaccinate their children had been a very big deal to many in the United States for quite a while now, and while that is going on, Facebook vows that they are joining the fight against vaccine misinformation, which has been circulating on their platforms.

According to a report by the US News, Facebook’s Thursday announcement featured the company’s decision to join in on the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s prerogative to educate more parents and people on the resurgence of vaccine hoaxes.

This is also part of a fight against misinformation that Facebook has started last year, answering the call of Facebook users decrying that more and more fake news has been spreading on the platform. The report states that Facebook will also be doing this for another social media that they handle.

On Facebook, the company intends to eliminate any source of misinformation that might pop up in recommendations or in prediction functions, as well as ads that might have the same misinformed message. They added that over on Instagram, the company will also be cleaning out the vaccination hoaxes on Instagram Explore and other hashtag pages.

This move also comes in as a crucial response to reports by federal health officers that more measles cases have broken out due to misinformation circulating on the internet. The most predominant argument that anti-vaxxers (people who are anti-vaccine) have been campaigning is that vaccines cause autism, even though there is no proof that that is the case.

The argument began in 1998 and came from a disproven study that, though didn’t start to circulate on social media, found its breeding ground there, being shared by parents who have continually been misinformed.

Facebook intends to do its part to prevent this from causing mass hysteria among parents.

페이스북, 잘못된 백신 정보 유포하는 페이지에 으름장 놓다

[스페셜경제= 김동수 기자] 페이스북이 의약품 백신 정보 유포와 관련해서 으름장을 놓았다.

페이스북 측은 유포되고 있는 백신 정보의 진위여부를 가리기 위해 세계보건기구와 미국 질병통제예방센터와 같은 보건기관으로부터 검증을 받을 것이라고 밝혔다. 또한 잘못된 정보를 유포하는 그룹과 페이지에 대해서는 강력한 조치를 취하겠다고 덧붙였다.

이에 따라 잘못된 정보가 담긴 콘텐츠는 인스타그램 탐색이나 해시태그 페이지에도 표시가 되지 않는다.

[저작권자ⓒ 스페셜경제. 무단전재-재배포 금지]

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