Facebook will remove misinformation about Coronavirus

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The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus has led sharing misinformation on social media even faster.

Facebook will remove posts, photos and videos that peddle misinformation about the coronavirus, the company said, seeking to stop a wave of content that pitches false cures for the fast-spreading global health crisis.

Journalists and fact-checkers have found posts with identical or slightly altered wording – said to be from local health authorities – are also being circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp in Canada, Pakistan and India.

“As the global public health community works to keep people safe, Facebook is supporting their work in several ways, most especially by working to limit the spread of misinformation and harmful content about the virus and connecting people to helpful information,” Kang-Xing Jin, Facebook’s head of health, said in the post.