Mark Zuckerberg on tackling misinformation on Facebook in an exclusive interview with BBC
In an interview with the BBC, Zuckerberg has said that Facebook will take strict action against any misinformation circulated in relation to the novel coronavirus.
The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has fervently said that the social media platform will remove any content that may cause "immediate and imminent harm" to its users.
In an interview with the BBC, Zuckerberg has said that Facebook will take strict action against any misinformation circulated in relation to the novel coronavirus. The 36-year-old defends Facebook's decision to take down Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's claim that scientists have found a "coronavirus cure".
Recently, Facebook removed conspiracy theorist David Icke's content in which he suggested that 5G mobile phone networks are linked to the spread of the virus. He also claimed that a Jewish group is responsible for the spread. Other false information like "coronavirus is destroyed by chlorine dioxide" or "black people are resistant to coronavirus" are among the widely spread hoaxes.
"We work with independent fact-checkers. Since the COVID outbreak, they have issued 7,500 notices of misinformation which has led to us issuing 50 million warning labels on posts", Zuckerberg said.
With over 2.6 billion active users as of the first quarter of 2020, Facebook is the largest social media network in the world. In April, the company devised a new mechanism to clamp down on misinformation. Users who have read, watched, or shared false coronavirus information receive a pop-up alarm urging them to visit the WHO's ( World Health Organisation's) website.
However, calling it the "widest possible aperture" for freedom of expression on the internet, Zuckerberg said that the company is committed to taking action against any prospect of immediate harm.
In the same interview, Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook is in a fake new "arms race" against Russia, Iran and China as the platform attempts to combat electoral interference. He said, "Several nation-states will try and run information campaigns to influence things.”
He further added that he is "pretty confident" Facebook could help prevent attempts to influence US presidential elections to be held later this year.
Facebook has repeatedly been shunned for its involvement in the 2016 US elections and Russia's alleged interference, as a result of which Donald Trump won. "We are going to see issues like that but we have learnt a lot since 2016 and feel confident that we are going to be able to protect the integrity of the upcoming elections," he said.