Facebook and Twitter are struggling with false coronavirus reports

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There are reports on the network of new cases of Wuhan virus. Many of them are false. Chinese Internet users have even managed to bypass the Great Chinese dam, serving the censorship of the Internet in the Middle Kingdom. Their posts are eagerly cited in Western social media. Without any verification.

Wuhan coronavirus appears in more countries. The number of infected and dead people is increasing. In total, over 11,000 have already fallen ill. people around the world. Of which 259 people died. But 252 people were cured. The largest number of infections occurred in China. The virus has already appeared in 27 countries. WHO announced that the Wuhan coronavirus is a global threat.

Along with the growing number of infections in the media, there are subsequent reports regarding e.g. the dramatic situation in Chinese hospitals and films showing people falling like flies on the streets. Many of them are false. Social media, including Facebook and Twitter, have made efforts to prevent the spread of information that could cause panic or promote such ridiculous advice as drinking bleach to prevent falling ill.

Facebook says it will limit the spread of false information about coronavirus by removing "false claims or conspiracy theories."

In a blog post Facebook has reported that site moderators carefully review all entries regarding coronavirus, focusing on those that discourage treatment, disseminate conspiracy theories and advertise suspicious specifics and strange ideas to prevent infection. All such entries on both FB and Instagram are blocked. In the case of WhatsApp, events in India, when the crowd lynched a person suspected of trafficking in human beings (as a result of a rumor dissolved using this messenger) resulted in the service implementing procedures limiting the uncontrolled distribution of information. The website also observes which information is particularly intensively sent.

When verifying information, Facebook will consult with 'global, leading healthcare organizations and local authorities', including the World Health Organization.

Twitter, in turn, has reported over 15 million tweets about coronavirus over the past four weeks. Service atso it moved the automatic appearance of the message, which is displayed when users search for the coronavirus, encouraging them to use official channels, including from information published by WHO. According to BBC, the prompt looks like this:

coronavirus

However, despite various ways of entering the coronavirus password version, this message did not appear to us. So something went wrong.

In the case of Google, entering coronavirus in the search engine means that the first result is a referral to the WHO website. DucDucGo refers to Wikipedia and Webmed. The same results are given by Bing. A fun aspect of this unfortunate situation is that since intensive publications about the Wuhan virus, Google searches for "corona beer virus" and "beer coronavirus" have increased dramatically. According to Google Trends, from 18 January to 26 January, searches for "beer corona virus" increased by 2,300 percent. all over the world. Maggie Bowman, head of communications department of the company Constellation Brands producing Corona in the interview with Business Insider journalists expressed the hope that their clients "consumers understand that the virus is not related to our business". | allthingsblogging.com

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