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Wed Jul 27, 2022, 06:33 PM

(Facebook) Meta considers easing its Covid-19 misinformation policy

Meta Asks Oversight Board to Advise on COVID-19 Misinformation Policies (Meta/Facebook)

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Source: CNN

Meta considers easing its Covid-19 misinformation policy

By Brian Fung, CNN
Updated 1833 GMT (0233 HKT) July 26, 2022

Washington (CNN Business) — Facebook-parent Meta is weighing whether to relax its policies against Covid-19 misinformation, proposing a shift from removing false claims to simply labeling or demoting them.

The social media giant on Tuesday asked its independent Oversight Board for an opinion on whether its tougher pandemic policies are still warranted, citing higher vaccination rates around the world as well as the company's own efforts to promote authoritative information about Covid-19.

One alternative to removing false claims, the company suggested, may be to label or suppress them in users' feeds — either by having Meta police the claims directly or by outsourcing that work to its third-party fact-checkers, whose reports can prompt Meta's algorithms to reduce the visibility of claims rated as fake.

"Meta remains committed to combating COVID-19 misinformation and providing people with reliable information," wrote Nick Clegg, Meta's president of global affairs, in a blog post. But, he added, "as the pandemic has evolved, the time is right for us to seek input from the Oversight Board about our measures to address COVID-19 misinformation, including whether those introduced in the early days of an extraordinary global crisis remains the right approach for the months and years ahead."

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Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/26/tech/meta-covid-misinformation/index.html

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 06:37 PM

1. Also: Was Hitler really that bad?

Q-ing minds want to know.

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Response to dchill (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 07:30 PM

8. Also their measles and polio information will be relaxed too.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 09:25 PM

9. Because does anyone really need to know EVERYTHING...

...about us?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 06:50 PM

2. Really?

Is it really that hard to do what is right? For Facebook, apparently.

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Response to NQAS (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 07:26 PM

7. Anybody getting their news from Facebook are idiots anyway.

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Response to NQAS (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 09:26 PM

10. Right is relative to one's immediate profit motive.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 06:51 PM

3. What could go wrong?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 06:52 PM

4. putin threatened to reduce the flow of rubles into zuckerberg's bitcoin wallet

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 06:53 PM

5. I'm sure this has nothing to do with the report that their revenues are down, for the first time...

No reason why that might prompt a move which would drive increasing engagement/time on platform. Nope. No reason at all.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 07:13 PM

6. I'm sure they have an independent oversight board.

Just like trump always tells the truth.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 09:30 PM

11. No

Wth would you relax policies on misinformation… This is crazy. This country is deliberately kowtowing to and so scared of the crazies, they are contributing to and trying to kill as many as possible. Profit rules with them. And they know it will be impossible to sue them for the harm they cause.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2022, 10:28 PM

12. terrific...anybody know if we're still allowed to encourage violence against Russians on fb?

after that announcement awhile back, I was thinking of maybe making a page called "Exterminate All Russian Scum" or something like that, and make posts encouraging people to murder as many people of Russian descent as they can...since they were loosening those restrictions and all because of Ukraine. Just to test the waters, so to speak.

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