However, Facebook is in the crosshairs again and an activist group, Avaaz, has highlighted it. The extent of misinformation that is being spread around Facebook is completely absurd. The activist group also highlighted how Facebook has kept on failing to contain false rumors and potentially keeping people safe during the pandemic. There are a lot of anti-vaccine groups/communities, conspiracy theories, false cures, and a ton of more misinformation spread on the platform.
Research highlights 82 websites that were spreading false information and misleading health stories amidst the pandemic. These stories had 460 million views in April which Facebook responded that they had nothing to do with this and this does not “reflect on the steps they have taken.”
According to Avaaz, these 82 websites were boosted through Facebook pages, groups and individual profiles. The websites were amplified to a huge number of audiences thanks to Facebook. This can be estimated by the fact that the content on these websites had nearly four times more views on Facebook than from the websites itself, which means Facebook played a major role in the spread of misinformation.
With all being said, these institutions violate the laws and regulation of the World Health Organization, The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and leading health organizations in the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Italy and Germany.
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