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    Facebook Will Begin Warning You If You Interact With Fake Coronavirus News

    Facebook Will Begin Warning You If You Interact With Fake Coronavirus News

    Abram Brown Forbes Staff

    Facebook will start warning users directly if they engage with harmful misinformation about the coronavirus, such as theories that drinking bleach will help patients or that social distancing is ineffective at stopping the disease’s spread.

    Mark Zuckerberg announced the new feature in a new Facebook post this morning, saying that the red flag notices will appear in users’ News Feeds and direct them to information provided by the World Health Organization. The feature is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

    Like every other social media company, Facebook is trying to stem the massive amount of wrong information being spread about the disease across its platform, which totals some 2.4 billion monthly users.

    Zuckerberg also drew attention to Facebook’s expanded fact-checking efforts—that also extend to Instagram—that put warnings on 40 million posts last month. This seems to be an effective tool: According to Facebook, users didn’t go onto the original content after seeing these warnings 95% of the time.

    “On Facebook and Instagram, we've now directed more than 2 billion people to authoritative health resources via our Covid-19 Information Center and educational pop-ups, with more than 350 million people clicking through to learn more,” Zuckerberg writes.
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    I can't wait.
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    I'm not on FB but this seems annoying. I can decide what or whom to interact with when cruising around the Internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    I'm not on FB but this seems annoying. I can decide what or whom to interact with when cruising around the Internet.
    I'm not on FB either, but as long as it's only "red flags" and not an automatic re-direct, considering the number of ignorant and truly stupid people who think everything they read on FB is legit "news," I don't see a problem. It's kind of like the "news" sites now flagging "sponsored content," instead of letting people think it's all actual reportage, versus paid "infomercials." I don't know about you, but I don't click on "sponsored" links, and I appreciate knowing which ones they are.
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    Given FB's leanings, you can expect that posts quoting President Trump will be flagged and re-directed to the WHO or something similar.
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    Case in point:

    It's pretty well confirmed this evening that the Wuhan virus did indeed escape from a lab:

    US intelligence has ALREADY started a full-scale investigation into Wuhan lab and it's 'role in the virus' as the White House weighs up what punishment will be dished out to Beijing over 'cover up'
    • American spy agencies probe whether Wuhan Virology Lab was source of virus
    • US suspects lab worker became 'Patient Zero' in lab accident, reports say
    • China quickly blamed the Wuhan 'wet market', which did not sell bats
    • Country is refuting allegations the pandemic could have originated in laboratory
    • WHO parroted the Chinese government's claim about the market's likely role
    • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Beijing to 'come clean'
    • US diplomatic cables in 2018 warned of risky bat research at Wuhan lab
    • Army general admits that 'we can't be certain' about where virus emerged
    • If true, the disaster could go down as biggest government coverup of all time
    Earlier though:

    Facebook’s ‘fact checkers’ are the real fake news after censoring Post story
    Way back on Feb. 23, The Post ran an opinion piece by Steven Mosher saying that we couldn’t trust China’s story about the origins of COVID-19. He argued that the virus might — might — have jumped to the human population thanks to errors at a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan, rather than via that city’s now-notorious “wet market.”

    The piece was widely read online — until Facebook stepped in.

    The social media giant’s “fact checkers” decided this was not a valid opinion. If you tried to share Mosher’s column on Face*book, the social network stuck a “False Information” alert on top, saying that finding was “checked by independent fact-checkers” and preventing your friends from clicking to connect to the original article to see for themselves.

    Again, this was an opinion column, not a news report.

    Mosher cited a host of suggestive facts, including urgent government directives, the sudden trip of China’s top biowar expert to Wuhan and that nation’s shoddy record of lab safety — as well as gaping holes in the wet-market explanation, such as the fact that the market in question doesn’t sell bats, the animal from which the bug supposedly jumped.


    The NYPost explores the nature of the bogus "fact checking," and adds:
    The New York Post has asked for weeks to get Facebook to un-block the Mosher article. On Friday, the social network finally did so, though without acknowledging that it had been wrong all along.

    As a significant source of news for much of the world’s population, Facebook has a clear responsibility to do better: If it’s going to block “false” information, it needs better fact-checkers — and more people watching over those watchmen.

    When your defense against “fake news” all but kills free discussion, your system is worse than no defense at all.
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    Yes, it's looking more like human error here.

    It appears that designated "fact checkers" aren't very good at facts or checking in real life. Snopes found that out (or should have). It originally was an accurate little site debunking urban legends and deconstructing certain pop culture stuff. Then the owners lost their minds wading into politics. It's useless now.

    I'd prefer no fact checkers. I can check facts myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Yes, it's looking more like human error here.

    It appears that designated "fact checkers" aren't very good at facts or checking in real life. Snopes found that out (or should have). It originally was an accurate little site debunking urban legends and deconstructing certain pop culture stuff. Then the owners lost their minds wading into politics. It's useless now.

    I'd prefer no fact checkers. I can check facts myself.
    You can. I can. People stupid enough to a) get their "news" from FB and b) buy into crap like the antivax movement obviously can't.
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