'Myth-busting operatives in Facebook’s misinformation “war room” should be monitoring harmful public health messages as well as fake news, a leading vaccine expert has said.
Large measles outbreaks in Europe and the United States have put the issue of vaccine hesitancy at the top of the agenda, with growing concern over the role that “anti-vaxxers” play on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Facebook has said that it is “exploring additional measures to best combat the problem”.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Dr Seth Berkley, chief executive of Gavi, an organisation that provides vaccines to the world’s poorest countries, said that distrust of vaccines was a growing problem, with social media amplifying and spreading anti-vaccine messages “at the speed of light”.
He highlighted Facebook’s much vaunted “war room”, a new facility at the company's California headquarters where up to 40 employees scrutinise the world’s elections, keeping an eye on misinformation campaigns and, where possible, stopping them.
Dr Berkley acknowledged that misinformation and fake news around elections was a problem but he added: “In the case of anti-vaccine views they can lead to death. This is a really important ethical question that needs to be discussed. I would like to see the same level of attention given to public health issues as is given to the problem of fake news.”'
Read more: Facebook fake news 'war room' should target anti-vaxxers
Did you like this article?
Thank you for your vote!
12 minutes ago
Facebook owned Instagram 'is now out of control' as children are bombarded with damaging eating disorder images, warn top psychiatrists
12 March 2019
Mark Zuckerberg wants to build a 'brain-computer interface' that can read your THOUGHTS, report claims
11 March 2019
Nick Clegg claims new privacy regulations will threaten Facebook's business model as he lobbies against social media crackdowns in private meetings with EU officials
From our advertisers
59 minutes ago
UN human rights chief decries US choking of Venezuela as Trump mulls imposing ‘toughest’ sanctions
14 hours ago
Defiant EU chief Tusk sets up dramatic final showdown between May and MPs after insisting Brexit will only be delayed if she can get her deal through Parliament NEXT WEEK
'Renegade' - The Life Story of David Icke (Official Trailer) - 2019 - And where you can see it...
20 February 2019
Australian petition demanding David Icke be allowed into the country passes 15,000 and increasing all the time
From our advertisers