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Facebook says it will remove COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

A clinician in purple gloves administers a shot in the arm of a person
A test participant receives a shot in a COVID-19 vaccine trial in Seattle. Facebook has said it will remove posts promoting misinformation about vaccines developed to contain the pandemic.
(Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

With vaccines against COVID-19 on the verge of being rolled out around the world, Facebook Inc. said it would start removing false claims about the immunizations that have been debunked by public health experts.

The move announced Thursday adds to Facebook’s policy of taking down misinformation about the deadly virus that could lead to imminent physical harm.

The types of posts that could be removed on Facebook or Instagram include false claims about the safety, efficacy, ingredients or side effects of the vaccine, Facebook said. These could include claims that the vaccines contain microchips or anything else not on the official ingredient list.

In October, Facebook said it would ban ads that discourage people from getting vaccines in general, not just for COVID-19.

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Facebook said it would continue to point people to authoritative information from public health institutions such as the World Health Organization and the U.K. National Health Service.


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