Facebook will send you a notification if you like a fake article about COVID-19

The discovery of the Sars-CoV-19 virus that caused the pandemic has spawned many conspiracy theories. In particular, the strange theory of the "fault" of 5G towers, allegedly spreading the infection, is becoming more and more popular. This has led to the fact that they are increasingly becoming victims of vandals.

Facebook has been actively involved in combating coronavirus misinformation like this by redirecting users to reputable data sources. Of course, it is unlikely that it will be possible to convince 2 billion users of the social network to turn to trustworthy sources right away, so the leadership of Facebook has taken a number of its own measures in this regard.

The first is to display messages in the news feed to users who are faced with misinformation. This means that users who have liked or commented on fake news about the coronavirus will see authoritative messages in their feed, such as from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The second is the introduction of a new section in the Covid-19 information center on Facebook called “Get the Facts”. Basically, this is a list of factual articles that refute popular myths about the coronavirus. These articles are updated every week and are already available in the US.