The social media giant announced on Thursday that Facebook will no longer show health organizations in its recommendations. He said it is vital that people get health information from “authoritative sources.”
The company stated in its blog that in the past year, the company arrested more than 1 million organizations that violated Facebook’s policy on false information and harmful content.
Advocacy group Avaaz (Avaaz) said in a report last month that in the past year, misleading health content attracted 3.8 billion views on Facebook, peaking during the coronavirus pandemic.
Under pressure to curb such misinformation on its platform, Facebook has made the expansion of credible health information a key element of its response. It also deleted certain false statements about COVID-19, believing that it could cause imminent harm.
The world’s largest social network also stated that it will prohibit the administrators and moderators of groups that have been dismissed due to policy violations from creating any new groups for a period of time.
Facebook said in a blog post that it is now also restricting the spread of violence-related groups by removing it from recommendations and searches, and soon by reducing the content in its news sources. Last month, it deleted nearly 800 QAnon conspiracy groups to post posts celebrating violence, showing the intention to use weapons or attracting followers with violence.
Twitter also stated in a tweet on Thursday that the platform had reduced the impression of QAnon-related tweets by more than 50% through “reducing content and account work” related to conspiracy theories. The social media company said in July that it will stop recommending QAnon content and accounts, which is expected to affect approximately 150,000 accounts.
in a Blog post On Thursday, Twitter formulated how to evaluate the groups and content of coordinated harmful activities, saying that it must find evidence that individuals associated with a certain group or sport engage in some kind of coordination that may harm others.
The company said that this coordination may be technical, for example, one person runs multiple accounts to send the same message, or social, such as using a messaging application to organize many people to tweet at the same time.
Twitter stated that it prohibits all forms of technical coordination, but for social coordination to violate its rules, there must be evidence of physical or psychological harm or “information” harm caused by false or misleading content.
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