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Facebook Sets Out Coronavirus Misinformation Battle Plan

  • Social media platform faces deluge of nonsensical cures
  • Working with fact-checking partners and providing information
Bloomberg business news
WATCH: The World Health Organization called the outbreak of coronavirus in China a global health emergency.Source: Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. will begin removing fake claims and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus, stepping up efforts to fight the spread of misinformation about a viral outbreak that’s killed more than 200.

The spread of the virus, which has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, is the latest test of social networks’ ability to rein in false and dangerous claims. Facebook cited the drinking of bleach as one spurious cure claim that’s been circulating, saying it will “start to remove content with false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities that could cause harm to people who believe them.”