Facebook has announced that they will be adding new links to the COVID-19 Information Centre to enable users to find relevant vaccine-related information. In order to help and understand people whether they are eligible to get vaccinated and how to do so, Mark Zuckerberg led social media giant will feature links in the COVID-19 Information Centre to the local ministry of health websites, starting from this week in the US. Earlier in March 2020, Facebook had launched the COVID-19 Information panel to allow users to get all COVID-19-related details amid peak pandemic crises around the world. Furthermore, Facebook announced that they will start removing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines that already are debunked by public health experts.
Facebook aims to add region-specific links on the COVID-19 Information Centre to help users find all the information about vaccines. The Modi-led government is also working on technological solutions such as phone apps (Aarogya Setu and Co-WIN) to start the COVID-19 vaccination drive on a mass scale. Facebook also added that the company is working with community leaders and health organizations to run campaigns, promoting accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines and also encouraging people to get vaccinated. “We’re giving $120 million in ad credits to help health ministries, NGOs, and UN agencies reach billions of people around the world with COVID-19 vaccine and preventive health information. And we’re providing training and marketing support to help governments and health organizations move quickly and reach the right people with the latest vaccine information,” Facebook said in a blog post.
Facebook also added that they soon will be adding the COVID-19 Information Centre to Instagram also, in order to let its users access the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines across apps. The company further added that it will also reach out to users via WhatsApp.
Furthermore, talking of tackling vaccine misinformation, the company revealed that it will start removing myths and false information that are debunked by leading health organizations, including the WHO. The social media giant says claims such as “COVID-19 is man-made or manufactured,” “it’s safer to get the disease than to get the vaccine,” and “vaccines are toxic, dangerous or cause autism” that have been discredited by leading organizations will be removed from both Facebook and Instagram.
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