Facebook to Alert Users of Coronavirus Misinformation
Well, apparently Facebook is stepping up it's game as far as misinformation goes. There has been so much misinformation on social media. People have liked, shared or posted items of information they have found and it's totally not true, in part or in entirety.
So now, Facebook is keeping track of these posts. They are alerting the user of these "fake news" posts. Whether you posted it, reacted to it or shared it.
"Through this crisis, one of my top priorities is making sure that you see accurate and authoritative information across all of our apps," Mark Zuckerberg, the company's chief executive, wrote on his Facebook page. The decision, in part, comes after the campaign group Avaaz discovered that over 40 percent of the coronavirus-related misinformation it found on Facebook — which had already been debunked by fact-checking organizations working with the tech giant — remained on the platform despite the company being told by these organizations that the social media posts were false.
Facebook, because of all the users that it has throughout the world, can be a type of epicenter of misinformation that can get shared, posted and reacted to more than almost any other "news" site. Basically, before this crackdown, if you are getting your news and information just from Facebook or other social media...it's probably a good idea to fact check before believing what you read.
Hopefully this will all be over relatively soon and we can get back to some sort of normalcy. Financially this has been horrible. I get why everything is having to be shut down for now... but wow.