Vaccine misinformation has been a common topic on Facebook for years, and it wasn’t until earlier this year that the website finally appeared. introduced policies to solve the problem. Now on social network extended These policies and its COVID-19 immunization efforts are geared towards involving children, shortly after the FDA authorized emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five to eleven.
In the coming weeks, it will send in-stream English and Spanish reminders to users in the US that the COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children. These reminders will also include a link to help users find the closest vaccination site. Perhaps more importantly, it will expand its anti-vaccine misinformation policies to dispel claims that there are no children’s COVID-19 vaccines and that the vaccine for children has not been tested. It would also dispel claims that COVID-19 vaccines can kill or seriously harm children, are not effective at all for children, and that anything other than a COVID-19 vaccine can vaccinate children against the virus.
Facebook said its fight against vaccine misinformation is part of an ongoing effort in partnership with the CDC, WHO and other health officials. It promises to continue to update its policies and ban new claims about the COVID-19 vaccine for children that will appear in the future. The website, which now operates under its parent company Meta, says it has removed more than 20 million pieces of content from Facebook and Instagram since the start of the pandemic. As of August 2021, also forbidden 3,000 accounts, groups, and pages for repeatedly violating health-related misinformation policies.