Facebook on Thursday announced that it will begin taking down what it considers “misinformation” about COVID-19 vaccines as the immunizations appear set to begin within weeks.
The social media giant said in a blog post that it will remove posts containing what it deems false claims about “safety, efficacy, ingredients or side effects” of any of the several COVID-19 vaccines.
“Given the recent news that COVID-19 vaccines will soon be rolling out around the world, over the coming weeks we will start removing false claims about these vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts on Facebook and Instagram. This is another way that we are applying our policy to remove misinformation about the virus that could lead to imminent physical harm. This could include false claims about the safety, efficacy, ingredients, or side effects of the vaccines,” the post said.