Facebook looks at people who are 'like' virus cons

Facebook looks at people who are 'like' virus cons

Did you like or comment on a thread on Facebook about the COVID-19 pandemic that turned out to be a hoax?

Facebook will now let users know whether they liked, responded or commented on posts with negative rumors about the virus subsequently deleted by moderators.

The social media company says it will also direct people to details about virus theories debunked by the World health organisation who were engaged with these posts.

In the coming weeks users will start receiving these warning posts, Facebook said on Thursday.

The company is also introducing a new "Get the Facts" section on its news feed's COVID-19 information center, which will include fact-checked stories from partner organisations debunking myths about the coronavirus.

Some of Silicon Valley's popular online platforms have taken extraordinary steps, like Facebook, to stem the wave of dangerous disinformation that has hit the internet with the spread of the coronavirus.

For example, Facebook has banned ads that promise to treat or cure coronavirus.

The tech company is using innovative technologies and is seeking to bring facts about the virus from health officials and resources to state or local health departments in front of its users, with an informative page.

Yet that hasn't prevented rapid spreading of bad knowledge.

Theories of deception about the nature of the virus and the vaccines being developed to prevent it from continuing to pop up daily.

Thousands of viewers have raked posts or videos advertising unverified therapies and cures.

For example, Facebook users viewed a false argument that the virus is nearly 200,000 times "destroyed by chlorine dioxide," reports a new study out of Avaaz today, a left-leaning advocacy group that tracks and investigates misinformation online.

The group found more than 100 pieces of misinformation about the coronavirus on Facebook, some of which were viewed millions of times even after the statements were classified by fact-checkers as false or misleading.

Image: This is the first time Facebook has launched Community Help on a global scale and being used for a health pandemic.