(Mashable) – Facebook is cracking down on coronavirus rumors and conspiracy theories. The company said that its fact-checkers will debunk false claims about the coronavirus and that it will remove some posts pushing conspiracy theories about it. “We will also start to remove content with false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities that could cause harm to people who believe them,” the company wrote in a statement.
“We are doing this as an extension of our existing policies to remove content that could cause physical harm.” The company will also be “conducting proactive sweeps to find and remove as much of this content as we can” on Instagram, where it will block hashtags associated with misinformation. Facebook didn’t indicate exactly how much content it would be removed under its new rules, but conspiracy theories about the virus are rampant on social media. READ MORE