Facebook puts tighter restrictions on vaccine misinformation targeted at children

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Just arsenic the FDA officially approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids betwixt the ages of 5 and 11, Meta, Facebook’s marque caller identity, announced that it’s rolling retired stricter policies for vaccine misinformation targeted astatine children (via Engadget). The level previously enactment restrictions connected COVID-19 vaccine misinformation successful precocious 2020, but didn’t person policies circumstantial to kids.

Meta says successful a caller blog post that it’s partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to instrumentality down harmful contented related to children and the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes immoderate posts that connote the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe, untested, oregon ineffective for children. Additionally, Meta volition supply in-feed reminders successful English and Spanish that the vaccine has been approved for kids, and volition besides supply accusation astir wherever it’s available.

Facebook vaccine notification Photo by Facebook

Meta notes that it’s taken down a full of 20 cardinal pieces of COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation from some Facebook and Instagram since the opening of the pandemic. These numbers are astatine likelihood with what we’ve seen from the leaked interior documents from Facebook — the Facebook Papers made it wide conscionable however unprepared the level was for misinformation related to the COVID-19 vaccine. If Facebook were much prepared, it might’ve rolled retired campaigns to combat misinformation earlier successful the pandemic, some for children and adults, perchance removing much mendacious contented arsenic a result.

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