The COVID-19 pandemic has launched a new one supervision social media responses to anti-vaccine movement. But even despite the criticism The White House, a new report claims that Facebook still fails to erase even the most incendiary misinformation. As early as last week, posts containing the hashtag #VaccinesKill were still active on the social network, according to CNN.
It wasn’t until a newspaper publication warned the company of the collapse that it blocked the posts behind the message that Facebook “keeps our community safe.” To make matters worse, the same hashtag was banned by Facebook Instagram almost two years ago. That action followed Facebook’s promise to break about vaccine lies, including false claims that they cause autism and other illnesses, amid a measles outbreak in New York City.
This time the threat is even greater. With the world still in crisis over the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of the Delta virus in the U.S., Facebook’s latest slip-ups will only cause greater concern for policymakers. Just a few days ago, President Biden sharply criticized the company and other social networks for suggesting that their failures weaken the vaccination drive. “They’re killing people,” Biden said.
In its defense, Facebook has noted earlier that it removes misinformation against vaccines than ever before. In October banned ads encouraging people to avoid vaccination, following this with a wider clamp down on claims against the vaccine.
The company said CNN that in the past he did not take action against the hashtag #VaccinesKill because he did not meet his threshold. Facebook explained that it determines whether a hashtag violates its policies by looking at a number of factors, including the type and dissemination of the content in which it appears. “Now the hashtag #vaccineskill on Facebook is violating our policies against disinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines and we have blocked it in search,” a spokesman said.
At the same time, users are finding new ways to circumvent social media misinformation rules. In May, some people started taking up arms on Facebook custom profile frames to make false claims about vaccines, forcing them to remove them.
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