Updated: Mar 21, 2020
BY BIANCA BARDEN
FEBRUARY 1, 2020
SOCIAL MEDIA CRACKDOWN
The social media giant has announced plans to reduce the spread of potentially dangerous misinformation related to the Coronavirus which is circulating online.
Facebook has revealed it will now remove posts that are flagged by health authorities which include false information or those promoting conspiracy theories about the pandemic.
A particular focus will be those that discourage people from seeking medical treatment or make false claims about “cures”.
Most social media networks already have in place terms and conditions banning people from posting hateful and defamatory information, but in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election where social media networks were accused of allowing 'fake news' to spread, social media networks are now facing pressure to ensure their platforms don't incite panic or cause harm.