FB and vaccines: a label against disinformation

FB and vaccines: a label against disinformation

FB and vaccines

Never as in this moment has it been necessary to guarantee and support access to information without distortions on the vaccine issue: referring exclusively to official data and communications from health authorities is of fundamental importance. Facebook intends to do its part with the initiative announced today and which will also affect Instagram.

Vaccines: Facebook and Instagram initiatives against disinformation

Soon the two social networks they will attach a label to posts on the subject, around the world, referring to sources such as the World Health Organization for more information. A move very similar in ways and purposes to the one implemented last year in the early stages of the pandemic, also to put a stop to the spread of conspiracy theories on COVID-19. The result is the one visible in the image below.

Mark Zuckerberg's speech is recorded in these hours, anticipating the debut of a useful tool for citizens to book the administration.

Today we are launching a global campaign to bring 50 million people closer to obtaining vaccines for COVID-19.

In addition, COVID-19 arrives on Instagram : Information Center already present on Facebook for a long time, a space updated continuously with information and data on the pandemic as well as on the restrictions imposed by the authorities to limit it and on the vaccination campaign.

WhatsApp also involved in the initiative thanks to collaborations implemented with governments in order to prepare chatbots through which to queue to obtain administration.

By focusing attention on Italy, according to the official dashboard, there are currently over 6.7 million inoculated vaccines. In addition, the threshold of 2 million people who have already received the recall has also been exceeded. From here on, an acceleration is expected and hoped for.

Source: Facebook

Facebook announced a new plan to help users make COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Mark Zuckerberg wearing a black shirt: Nick Wass/Associated Press © Provided by Business Insider Nick Wass/Associated Press
  • Facebook partnered with Boston Children's Hospital to help users find nearby COVID-19 vaccine sites.
  • The tech firm will also label all COVID-19 vaccine posts with World Health Organization information.
  • 'The data shows the vaccines are safe and they work,' Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.
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  • Facebook announced a plan on Monday morning to help get people on the platform vaccinated.

    Facebook partnered with Boston Children's Hospital to build a tool that helps American users find nearby vaccine sites. They'll see the hours of operation and contact information for vaccine sites, and can access an external link to make an appointment.

    The VaccineFinder tool will be offered in 71 different languages. Insider has reached out to Facebook for more information on the exact timing of the tool's rollout.

    More than 69.6 million adults in the US - or about 27% of the population over 18 - has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose as of March 15, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. President Joe Biden's chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci said between 70% to 90% of Americans must get vaccinated to reach herd immunity, or when uncontrolled spread stops.

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    The number of daily vaccines administered has shot up in the last month, but some eligible groups, like non-English speaking immigrants and seniors without internet access, still struggle with getting vaccine appointments.

    Facebook will also release a new Instagram Stories sticker for users who got vaccinated to share their experience with followers, and lauch WhatsApp chatbots in Brazil, Indonesia, and Argentina that help users make vaccine appointments.

    'The data shows the vaccines are safe and they work,' Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Monday. 'They're our best hope for getting past this virus and getting back to normal life.'

    In addition to helping users make vaccine appointments, Facebook announced a new label that contains information from the World Health Organization. Facebook will roll out the label on 'all posts generally about COVID-19 vaccines' as a way to prevent misinformation from spreading. The vaccine label will appear globally in English, Spanish, Indonesian, Portuguese, Arabic, and French.

    Facebook has made moves throughout the pandemic to curb misinformation, but false claims regarding COVID-19 on social media have marred the country's response. Avaaz, a US non-profit, found 84% of Facebook posts containing medical misinformation were left online with no labels or warnings. Insider's Rob Price reported doctors with verified Facebook accounts shared fake claims about COVID-19 with their hundreds of thousands of followers.

    'We're a year into a global pandemic, to which vaccines offer our only way out, and these accounts have been spreading falsehoods to deter people from getting vaccinated consistently,' Imran Ahmed, CEO of the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate, recently told Insider. 'Their lies, and Facebook's giving them a platform, have almost certainly cost lives.'

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