Facebook, Other Platforms Fight Back Against Coronavirus Misinformation

Even TikTok has joined the fight.

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On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post that the platform is working to remove coronavirus conspiracy theories and elevate information from credible organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and UNICEF.

“We're giving the WHO as many free ads as they need for their coronavirus response along with other in-kind support,” he explained. “We'll also give support and millions more in ad credits to other organizations too and we'll be working closely with global health experts to provide additional help if needed.”

Zuckerberg also said that the platform is working to remove coronavirus conspiracy theories that have been flagged by global health organizations and that users who search “coronavirus” will be directed to the WHO or their local health authority.

TikTok is also fighting against misinformation regarding the virus. WHO has joined the social platform in an effort to spread accurate information about the virus, as well as tips on how to prevent infection.

Misinformation regarding the virus has been spreading rapidly online. According to a Washington Post report, encrypted platform WhatsApp has seen an increase in incorrect claims among users, causing widespread panic.

As of March 5, there are currently over 97,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 3,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. Some other resources medical professionals have recommended are reports from the CDC and WHO.