Facebook is considering measures against ‘anti-tax’ content

Feb

16

2019

Facebook would consider excluding posts with anti-vaccination content from the social network. What exactly is about to happen is still unclear, but ‘anti-tax’ groups should be less prominently visible on Facebook.

Facebook let me know via a statement that has been mailed to Bloomberg news agency. This reaction comes after a request from an American politician, who states that tech companies must intervene when it comes to people or groups that spread medically incorrect information on social media. That phenomenon would have contributed, among other things, to a recent outbreak of measles in the United States.

In his response, Facebook said that the problem is being looked at and that consideration is being given to taking additional measures to prevent ‘antivax’ content. This may include removing content, but also making it less visible for groups that distribute or propagate such matters.

YouTube also recently announced that it will make conspiracy videos less visible on the site. Users should receive fewer recommendations from videos that explain such content.

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