Facebook to launch new section to debunk myths around corona



Facebook has announced that they will launch ‘Facts About Covid-19’  – which will be a dedicated section — on its social media platform next week in order to contain the spread of misinformation about the pandemic.

It aims that this section will debunk all the common myths that the World Health Organisation (WHO) have identified which include drinking bleach will prevent the coronavirus or that taking hydroxychloroquine can prevent Covid-19. “This week we are launching a dedicated section of the Covid-19 Information Centre called Facts about Covid-19,” the company said in a statement

“This is the latest step in our ongoing work to fight misinformation about the pandemic,” they further added.

Not only this, in order to help keep everyone safe and informed, the company will put alerts on the top of the Facebook app and Instagram to remind people to wear masks. 

“We have connected over two billion people to resources from health authorities through our Covid-19 Information Centre and pop-ups on Facebook and Instagram with over 600 million people clicking through to learn more,” the company went on to inform. 

Since January, people have raised over $100 million for Covid-19 related fundraisers on both Facebook and Instagram, they said.

Also, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has slammed the Donald Trump administration for the way it has been handling the Covid-19 pandemic.

As per the Facebook CEO, the US response to the disease has been less effective when compared to several other developing countries. 

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