Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday that Facebook is creating a tool to connect people with information about where and when to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The panorama: Facebook has been blamed for the spread of anti-vaccine misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Details: In a blog post, Zuckerberg said the company aims to help 50 million people “get one step closer to getting vaccinated” by helping people “learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and find out when and where. “They can get one.
- To make this possible, Facebook has partnered with Boston Children’s Hospital to offer a tool that helps Facebook users identify nearby places to get vaccinated.
- Zuckerberg said the company will also expand its “COVID-19 Information Center,” currently on Facebook’s main app, to Instagram.
- It will also deploy official chatbots on its WhatsApp messaging application for people to register for vaccines with health authorities and governments.
- Zuckerberg said Facebook will make available to public officials, such as the World Health Organization, aggregated trends in real time on “COVID-19 vaccines, intention to vaccinate and reasons for hesitation” to help inform a fair launch of the vaccine. .
Be smart: More efforts have been made in recent months to ensure that more people have access to accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes more accessible around the world.
- In a change from its previous position, Facebook said last month that it will crack down harder during the pandemic against claims that vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, are not effective or safe.
- Last year, Zuckerberg said the company would not target anti-vaccination posts in the same way that it has cracked down on COVID misinformation.
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