Late last year, Facebook announced that they were banning all anti-vaccination misinformation, but now, they're taking it one step further...
Facebook have just announced that they will be banning all anti-vaxx and coronavirus misinformation.
In a bid to stop the thousands of fake or misleading posts about the COVID-19 pandemic on social media.
Better late than never.
Scroll on to read Facebook's full blog post on the move...
Now, during this pandemic we have experienced a whole array of misinformation in the form of conspiracy theories and opinions.
In fact, as COVID-19 wages on, there is still a point of discussion as to whether the virus actually exists, or whether it's simply a huge government-fabricated scheme.
Conspiracy theories suggesting that the virus started in a lab or is a result of 5G are still circulating online.
There was one that even suggested the pandemic was the beginning of the New World Order.
Opinions on the pandemic remain truly divided.
And far too many people still believe the pandemic is simply the government's way of "controlling us."
As this misinformation has spread with people believing what they read on social media, more people have been joining the anti-COVID movement.
Putting not only themselves but also everyone around them at risk.
And that's before we even start talking about anti-vaxxers.
via: Getty ImagesBut what exactly is an anti-vaxxer?
Technically speaking, an anti-vaxxer is basically a person who opposes vaccinations and the laws made that mandate the vaccination.
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They simply believe there are healthier alternatives to vaccinations, but their naivety puts those around them in great danger.
Of course, not all anti-vaxxers believe there are healthier alternatives.
Some are simply against because of, yet again, the conspiracy theories.
The idea that the COVID-19 vaccine had a microchip in it designed to control people's minds is one of the most popular conspiracies.
Or it has a tracker in it, so the government can see our every move.
As you can see, the internet hosts a whole load of misinformation...
And Facebook has decided to step up.
The social media site had made a huge step in the right direction.
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And the internet has a lot to say about it...
Facebook announced in a blog post that they will be tightening their policy and removing all anti-vaxx and coronavirus misinformation.
It reads, "Today, we are expanding our efforts to remove false claims on Facebook and Instagram about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines in general during the pandemic."
"Since December, we've removed false claims about COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts."
"Today, following consultations with leading health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), we are expanding the list of false claims we will remove to include additional debunked claims about the coronavirus and vaccines."
Posts will be banned if they include topics and claims like COVID-19 being man-made, vaccines are not effective at preventing the disease they are meant to, it's safer to get the disease than to get the vaccine or vaccines are toxic, dangerous, or cause autism.
The policy will be enforced immediately with a focus on pages, groups, and accounts that violate these rules.
They also added, "groups, pages and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that repeatedly share these debunked claims may be removed altogether."
"We are also requiring some admins for groups with admins or members who have violated our COVID-19 policies to temporarily approve all posts within their group."
This is huge news.
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