Summary #1244

Report Concludes Facebook Is a 'Major Threat to Public Health'

pcmag.com
  • Research from online activist group Avaaz shows that last year, global health misinformation networks on Facebook generated around 3.8 billion views.
  • They identified 42 pages as the main drivers of misinformation, followed by over 28 million people.
  • Content from these pages had about 10 times more views than content from leading health organizations like WHO and the CDC.
  • Research authors suggest two ways to reduce this problem: provide users with fact-checked corrections, and decrease the reach of misinformation pages.

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