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Tech & Science Facebook gives WHO free ads to cut down coronavirus misinformation

17:10  04 march  2020
17:10  04 march  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Facebook is letting the World Health Organization ( WHO ) advertise for free in an effort to combat misinformation on the global coronavirus outbreak, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post late Tuesday. "We're focused on making sure everyone can access credible and accurate information," he

Facebook is even giving the WHO as many free ads as it needs for its coronavirus response measures and providing the organization the support The company is also taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus misinformation and hoaxes. Facebook has long been criticized for allowing

a black sign with white text: Facebook wants you to be able to trust what you read about the coronavirus, Mark Zuckerberg said. Angela Lang/CNET © Provided by CNET Facebook wants you to be able to trust what you read about the coronavirus, Mark Zuckerberg said. Angela Lang/CNET

Facebook is letting the World Health Organization (WHO) advertise for free in an effort to combat misinformation on the global coronavirus outbreak. The social network wants you to feel confident that updates are "credible and accurate," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post late Tuesday.

"If you search for coronavirus on Facebook, you'll see a pop-up that directs you to the World Health Organization or your local health authority for the latest information," he wrote. "If you're in a country where the WHO has reported person-to-person transmission, you'll also see it in your News Feed."

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Facebook is giving free ads to the WHO and taking down 'conspiracy theories' about coronavirus . Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that the social network will give the World Health Organization free advertising for its coronavirus response and take down false

"We're giving the WHO as many free ads as they need for their coronavirus response along with other in-kind support," Zuckerberg said bit.ly/3aqdihN in the Facebook post. Users who search for posts on the virus on Facebook would now see a pop-up that directs them to the WHO or local health

Zuckerberg also noted that his site is working with various countries' health ministries and organizations including the CDC and UNICEF. It plans to give ad credits to other groups as well.

The new strain of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, causes a pneumonia-like illness and was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December. It has now infected more than 93,000 people and caused nearly 3,200 deaths globally.

Misinformation and conspiracy theories about the illness have spread via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok. Last week, Facebook banned ads that mention a cure or preventative measures.

It's also canceled its F8 developer conference and withdrawn from the SXSW conference and festivals.

WHO didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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