During the pandemic, politicians and privacy advocates slammed Facebook for a barrage of false statements and conspiracies about vaccinations on its platforms.
Facebook Inc. is facing criticism for enabling vaccine misinformation to propagate on its digital platforms, while other technology companies have stepped in to help with vaccine dissemination and administration.
But in a blog post on Monday, March 15, Facebook announced that it would introduce a tool in the United States that will show where to get CCP Virus (COVID-19) vaccines, as well as a link to schedule an appointment, and add a COVID-19 information area to its photo-sharing site Instagram.
“Today we’re launching a global campaign to help bring 50 million people a step closer to getting Covid-19 vaccines,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, wrote in the post.
The “COVID-19 Information Center,” which will appear in a user’s news feed, is one of the most significant new features. Users will be able to find out when and where they can get vaccinated by using the tool. It will be available in a total of 71 languages.
The largest social networking site in the world- Facebook announced that it began labeling posts that address the safety of the shots. According to the blog post, Facebook has deleted 2 million pieces of misinformation about the virus and vaccinations since February. Moreover, posts on Facebook and Instagram about the protection of the vaccines will be labelled.
Just 10 days before the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter Inc., the other companies like ServiceNow Inc., Adobe Inc., and others scaled up their efforts. Twitter is set to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about disinformation on its sites.