Facebook is now fighting misinformation in its platform more seriously. The giant company confirmed it will remove your profile without consent.
Facebook has been facing various fake posts about the current global COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, the misinformation issue in the giant online platform has been growing rapidly.
And now, Facebook discovered that some users have taken their misinformation content activity to the next level by creating their own profile frames. These visual borders contain some messages that could discourage other people to get vaccinated, which is a bad thing since individuals need to get their vaccine shots to prevent further spread of the deadly disease.
Facebook along with other social networking giants like Twitter has been on a mission to clampdown on anti-vaccine messages. Throughout the pandemic, Mark Zuckerberg’s firm has been working to reduce the spread of Covid-19 vaccine misinformation, with over a 16million pieces of content removed from apps for breaking the rules.
And now, Facebook confirmed that it will change the profile frames of those users who share false posts about COVID-19. The tech giant company added that it will also change even the profile borders of those people who are only sharing discouraging posts.
FB Will Change Your Profile, Forcibly?
The confirmation came after Facebook published a blog post, which outlines how it was helping support ongoing vaccine programs and how it was combating misinformation.
Facebook said that “an important part of our work to increase vaccinations is to address content that violates our rules on COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation. Over the course of the pandemic, we have removed more than 16 million pieces of this content from our apps for breaking our rules on COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation.”
The social media giant added that “certain content that does not break these rules, but could still discourage someone from getting vaccinated, we reduce its distribution on Facebook and remove it from recommendations on Facebook and Instagram.”
Aside from this, Facebook also explained that its decision to forcibly change the profiles of those who violate its rules and regulations could have a positive impact on the ongoing COVID-19 efforts conducted by government organizations and other independent groups.
What You Need to Do to Avoid This?
If you don’t want to social media giant to forcibly change your profile, all you need to do is follow its rules and regulations. If you are also one of the non-COVID-19 believers and anti-vaccers, you should also start reading some articles and do some study before you continue your belief because it is not helping the people around you, especially your loved ones.
Going back, here are some of the things you can do to prevent this from happening;
- Morality: I will not troll, threaten, insult or disparage someone whose posts I don’t agree with.
- Skepticism: I will check posts sparking outrage with other sources to guard against spreading disinformation.
- Other voices: I will deliberately set out to find people with different views and, here’s the trick, not polar opposite views, because these are too easy to discount because the chasm of disagreement is wide. Find people whose views are more to the center of yours. Encourage yourself to change your mind, to be persuaded by argument and not by tribal political or social affiliation.