Facebook has taken measures to limit the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus 2019-nCoV, which caused an outbreak of pneumonia, Facebook said in a statement.
The company listed a number of steps as on how it intends to help users receive more reliable information about this coronavirus. It is expected to use a factual verification algorithm, which will help to identify false information and limit its duplication on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook promises to notify about the results of checks of those users who will try to inadvertently share inaccurate content.
The company is also planning to remove fabrications from social networks about allegedly effective treatments for pneumonia caused by the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. A similar fate awaits the authors of conspiracy theories about the causes of the outbreak of the disease, capable of harming people who believe in them. Statements are made about the miraculous effect of using cleaning products inside.
The World Health Organization recognized the outbreak in China of a new type of pneumonia as an emergency of international proportions. The total number of people infected in China reached 9692 people, 213 died. The disease was detected in 19 other countries.