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Facebook to remove false claims on COVID-19 vaccines

Policy aims to remove misinformation about virus that 'could lead to imminent physical harm,' company says

Beyza Binnur Donmez   | 03.12.2020
Facebook to remove false claims on COVID-19 vaccines

ANKARA

Facebook announced Thursday it would start to remove false claims about coronavirus vaccines as two candidates are close take getting approval for emergency use.

"Given the recent news that COVID-19 vaccines will soon be rolling out around the world, over the coming weeks we will start removing false claims about these vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts on Facebook and Instagram," the social platform said in a statement. "This is another way that we are applying our policy to remove misinformation about the virus that could lead to imminent physical harm."

Candidates by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are pending approval in the US and Europe with 95% and 94.1% efficiency, respectively.

Posts and advertisements, including false claims about the safety, efficacy, ingredients or side effects of the vaccines, will be removed.

"For example, we will remove false claims that COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips, or anything else that isn't on the official vaccine ingredient list," it said. "We will also remove conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines that we know today are false: like specific populations are being used without their consent to test the vaccine’s safety."

The company also announced it is set to invest $100 million in the news industry to support fact-checkers.

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