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Facebook to label all posts about COVID vaccines to counter misinformation, conspiracy theories

Facebook will soon label all posts discussing the coronavirus vaccination with a pointer to official information about COVID-19 to counteract false claims about the shots.

The move comes after criticism by lawmakers and researchers for allowing vaccine misinformation to spread on its platforms.

The social media company said in a blog post it is also launching a tool in the United States to give people information about where to get COVID-19 vaccines.

It is also adding a COVID-19 information area to its photo-sharing site Instagram.

False claims and conspiracies about the coronavirus vaccines have proliferated on social media platforms during the pandemic.

Facebook and Instagram recently tightened their policies after long taking a hands-off approach to vaccine misinformation.

But they remain home to large accounts, pages and groups that promote false claims about the shots and can be easily found through keyword searches.

‘Huge grey area’

Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox said in an interview that the company had taken viral false claims “very seriously” but said there was “a huge grey area of people who have concerns … some of which some people would call misinformation and some of which other people would call doubt.”

Facebook says it will soon label all posts about COVID-19 vaccines to counter the misinformation spread on its platforms. Credit: AAP/Getty

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