Vaccinations for the ongoing covid-19 pandemic are underway around the world and just like when the health crisis was at its peak there was an influx of misinformation on social media platforms, the same wave can now be seen being spread around the vaccines.
In order to block the spread of covid-19 vaccine misinformation on its platforms, Facebook Inc. announced today that it has already stepped up its efforts by adding labels to vaccine related posts containing information on their testing, registration and other safety measures.
“We’re continuing to expand our efforts to address COVID-19 vaccine misinformation by adding labels to Facebook and Instagram posts that discuss the vaccines. These labels contain credible information about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines from the World Health Organization,” the company stated in their blog post.
Initially the labels will be available in English, Spanish, Indonesian, Portuguese, Arabic and French with more languages to follow with the passage of time. In the upcoming weeks, all posts related to covid-19 will also be labeled accordingly, the social media giant noted. Users will be additionally provided with information screens about covid-19 and vaccines before posting to help them make an informed decision about the content that they share through their profiles.
Facebook also announced its plans to expand the operations of its COVID Information Center. The company has been working on a tool for the US citizens that will show available dates and centers for vaccination and provide a link to sign for an appointment. It will also make the COVID Information Center available to Instagram users. So far no plans have been shared if this feature will be extended for other countries as well.
According to Facebook, other measures to promote vaccination will include cooperation with local health authorities and governments on WhatsApp chatbots to help people register for vaccines and analysis of real time aggregate trends in covid-19 vaccinations.
From : pk.mashable.com