Facebook said, Monday, March 22, 2021, that it closed 1.3 million fake accounts, between October and last December, noting that it has more than 35,000 people working to counter disinformation on its social platform.
The company explained in a blog post that it had removed more than 12 million publications regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, and the vaccines against it, after health experts explained that they were incorrect.
False rumors and conspiracy theories about Coronavirus vaccines spread on social media platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter, during the outbreak of the pandemic.
Facebook’s announcement of the disinformation comes ahead of an examination by the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on how technology platforms deal with disinformation.
Facebook, which has been criticized by lawmakers and researchers for allowing misleading information about vaccines to spread on its platforms, announced in mid-March that it had begun adding a classification to publications that discussed dosage safety, and would soon place a classification on all publications regarding vaccines.
In this regard, the company confirmed that it will launch a tool in the United States to provide information on places from which Corona vaccines can be obtained, and it will also add a special section for information on Covid-19 to its Instagram platform to publish photos.
Huge spread of misinformation
Facebook and Instagram, which have tightened their policies recently after a long period of laissez-faire on vaccine misinformation, still have large accounts, pages and groups promoting false dosing claims that can easily be found in keywords.
Newspaper report indicated The Guardian Last August, the British government stated that the sites that spread misleading health information about Corona attracted nearly half a billion viewers on Facebook within a month.
Facebook had pledged to clamp down on the spread of conspiracy theories and inaccurate news in the early days of the pandemic, but while its managers pledged to take responsibility, Facebook’s algorithm appears to have directed followers to sites spreading false and dangerous news, according to an Avaaz campaign.
According to a research paper published in the American Journal For tropical medicine and hygiene, the potential harm from health misinformation appears significant.
By scanning media and social media reports in 87 countries, researchers found more than 2,000 allegations of Coronavirus, which have spread widely, and more than 1,800 of them have been proven wrong.