The human rights advocate group Avaaz said in New report Today, Wednesday: Misleading health content has garnered an estimated 3.8 billion views on Facebook over the past year, culminating in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report found that content from 10 super-popular websites that share health misinformation received nearly four times the number of views on Facebook in April 2020 as equivalent content from websites of 10 leading health institutions, such as: the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. And American prevention.
And the social media giant, which has come under pressure to limit misinformation on its platform, has made amplification of reliable health information a key component of its response. It also started removing the wrong information about the new Coronavirus outbreak that it said could cause imminent harm.
“The Facebook algorithm is a major threat to public health,” said Fadi Quran, the campaign manager for Avaaz. Mark Zuckerberg has promised to provide reliable information during the pandemic, but his algorithm is sabotaging those efforts by pushing many of Facebook’s 2.7 billion users into networks that spread disinformation.
A Facebook spokeswoman said: “We share Avaaz’s goal of limiting erroneous information, but their findings do not reflect the steps we have taken to prevent it from spreading to our services.”
The spokeswoman added: “Thanks to our global network of fact-checkers, from April to June we added warning labels to 98 million false information about (Covid-19) and removed 7 million pieces of content that could potentially lead to imminent harm. We have directed more than two billion people to resources from health authorities and when someone tries to share a link about (Covid-19), we offer them a popup to link them with reliable health information. ”
The Avaaz report also stated that the warning signs of fact-checkers were applied inconsistently even when faulty information was found. The report tracks how content from a sample of disinformation sharing sites on Facebook was shared by interpreting Facebook data available between May 2019 and May 2020.