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Facebook announced on Monday night that it would start a new information center to provide “science-based information” about climate change to its users. It said that a link to the hub would appear when people search for information related to climate change on Facebook, or when people would see some posts related to the topic.
After the Climate Change Hub the company said dealing with the jungles of the Western US after dealing with the sting of misinformation about its services. An article containing false information on antifast arsonists setting wildfires was shared on Facebook more than 63,000 times. To The Guardian.
The new facility is called the Climate Science Information Center, and it will provide Facebook users with facts, figures and data from factual sources, the company said in a blog post. These sources include the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, United Nations Environment Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, World Meteorological Organization and Meteorological Office.
In addition to the information center, Facebook said that it would continue to reduce the distribution of posts with misinformation on its news feed feature and that it would disregard those posts. Facebook, however, did not say whether it would remove those posts. The company also did not say whether it would remove or label posts within private Facebook groups that contained misinformation about climate change.
This year, the company has deployed information centers as a strategy to combat the spread of misinformation on Facebook and Instagram. The company launched Kovid Hub in March and in August Facebook started the Voter Information Center.
Facebook’s Climate Science Information Center will be released to users in the US, UK, France and Germany at the time of launch, and it will appear “soon” in more markets.