Social media remove millions of pieces of Covid-related misinformation

Social media remove millions of pieces of Covid-related misinformation

 

Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Microsoft and Google have had to remove millions of pieces of Covid-19-related misinformation since the start of the pandemic.

And the European Commission on Thursday published their reports on measures taken in June to curb the spread of misinformation.

For example, TikTok’s vaccination campaign in collaboration with the Irish government attracted over one million views and over 20,000 likes.

Google has continued to work with public health authorities to provide information about vaccination sites in Google search and maps, a feature available in France, Poland, Italy, Ireland and Switzerland.

On Twitter, users can now train automated systems to better detect platform policy violations regarding coronavirus misinformation.

Microsoft has expanded its partnership with NewsGuard, an extension of the Edge browser that warns against websites that spread false information.

Facebook has partnered with international health authorities to raise public awareness about vaccine efficacy and safety, and with researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) for better detection and identification of deep fakes.

The Commission’s program to monitor coronavirus misinformation has been extended until the end of 2021 and the reports will now be published every two months.

The next one is set to be released in September.

 

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