Facebook To Remove COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation; Africa Alliance Launched To Counter Coronavirus ‘Infodemic’

New York Times: Facebook says it will remove coronavirus vaccine misinformation.
“Facebook on Thursday said it would remove posts that contain claims about Covid-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts, as the social network acts more aggressively to bat down coronavirus misinformation while falsehoods run rampant. The move goes a step beyond how Facebook had handled misinformation about other kinds of vaccines…” (Isaac, 12/3).

U.N. News: New Africa alliance aims to tackle deadly COVID ‘infodemic’
“A new network in Africa aims to combat the ‘infodemic’ of misinformation online surrounding COVID-19 and other health emergencies on the continent, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday. The Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA), brings together 13 international and regional organizations, together with fact-checking groups which have expertise in data and behavioral science, epidemiology, research, digital health, and communications…” (12/3).

Additional coverage of Facebook’s efforts to remove vaccine misinformation is available from CNBC, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal.

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