Watch Gayle King’s interview with Mark Zuckerberg on CBS This Morning on Thursday. He will tell you about a major company announcement. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook removed 18 million posts about COVID-19. He did not say how many times they had been viewed or shared. Facebook takes harmful information down. It is against the policy of Facebook if we see someone post false information. “But do we catch everything? Of course not. There are always mistakes and things that we need to improve. But this is the best number I have because of what our systems have seen.”
King noted that the figure only refers to the number of posts, not how many people saw or spread misinformation. King asked, “How many people have seen the misinformation on Facebook?” She said that posts like this can affect people’s actions. She noted that Facebook is being blamed for this. Mark Zuckerberg said, “I know you are talking about the number of pieces of misinformation that we took action against.”
Facebook has been criticized for spreading false information about the coronavirus. President Biden said last month that Facebook and other social media were making people sick by spreading COVID-19. But he later clarified that the COVID-19 itself was making people sick. “People are being killed,” he said. “It’s not only that, but it is because of people who don’t vaccinate ?”
Mr. Biden said: “Anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it.” It is bad information and people are dying because of it. My hope is that Facebook will do something about all the misinformation on vaccines. Facebook responded to Mr. Biden’s comments, saying that Facebook has actually helped increase vaccine acceptance. “We will not be distracted by unsupported accusations,” the company said.
As of mid-July, more than 2 billion people watched “authoritative information” about COVID-19 on Facebook. This includes 3.3 million Americans who used the vaccine finder tool to make an appointment to get the vaccine.