Tech Giants Aren’t Doing Enough to Combat Misinformation About COVID-19

Facebook announced on April 16, 2020, that it will direct users who engaged with misinformation to a World Health Organization website (AP photo by Amr Alfiky).
Facebook announced on April 16, 2020, that it will direct users who engaged with misinformation to a World Health Organization website (AP photo by Amr Alfiky).

In late March, as many governments were enforcing lockdowns and restrictions on movement to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro posted a series of videos to social media that showed him strolling around a crowded marketplace near Brasilia. In one clip, Bolsonaro questioned the quarantine measures that were being implemented by local and regional officials in Brazil, which now has the second-worst outbreak of COVID-19 in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 87,000 confirmed cases and 6,000 deaths. He also touted the benefits of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, despite a lack of scientific evidence that it […]

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