Facebook to Label COVID-19 Posts and Limit Misinformation

Facebook has begun labeling all posts that are related to the safety of COVID-19 vaccines after criticism from public officials and medical researchers.

A blog post by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg said that Facebook would be rolling out tools to help users get connected with “real vaccine authorities”.  

Facebook also promised the inclusion of more WhatsApp chatbots, designed to help users schedule a vaccine.

This will be debuted in the form of the Covid Information Center, which will allow users to find local vaccination centers and schedule an appointment online. The information center will be displayed “prominently” on Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook has partnered with Boston Children’s Hospital to launch the vaccine locator tool in the US. This tool connects Facebook and Instagram users with vaccination locations, hours of operation, as well as the ability to schedule appointments at local medical centers.

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