The year 2020 has been especially troubled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that we live in and for which we were not at all prepared. Therefore, everyone’s desire is for this moment to pass, so that life can return to normal. For now, the most viable solution is the vaccine and, like everything, there is a lot of misinformation on the subject.
As great communication platforms and in order to fight what can be said wrong about the most awaited vaccine, Facebook, Twitter and Google are preparing their weapons.
Facebook, Twitter and Google against disinformation
The world is eagerly following the evolution of the development of several vaccines against COVID-19. This is because, at this moment, the hope to eradicate this pandemic falls on the one that performs better.
So, because it is something so important and awaited, many theories arise on various communication platforms that quickly expand and turn into wrong information. This misinformation must be avoided and, therefore, companies must find methods to control it.
Therefore, Facebook, Twitter and Google are preparing to fight the wave of disinformation that may arise related to the vaccine against COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccine information analyzed
It is not clear whether Facebook, Twitter and Google's policies will change. However, it is known that companies are joining forces to fight against misinformation about the vaccine against COVID-19.
Thus, platforms are establishing partnerships with fact checkers and government agencies from around the world. In addition, they will work specifically with researchers from the United Kingdom and Canada to create a framework for responding to misinformation about the vaccine against COVID-19.
With a coronavirus vaccine potentially just a few months away, a wave of bad information can undermine confidence in medicine when it matters most.
Full Fact said in a statement.
This action between Facebook, Twitter and Google is an attempt to predict and act on possible waves of disinformation. This, after having witnessed others that once appeared, for example, during moments of elections.
This action involves several entities of fact checking USA, UK, India, Spain, Argentina and Africa, in addition to the three platforms.
Checking vaccine facts is an essential step
Although this type of initiative is very pertinent, the impact it may have on the policies of media companies is never quite clear. This, due to the contradictory performance of the platforms. In addition, there are several groups that discredit any type of intervention and would bet more easily on natural solutions.
Therefore, it is important that Facebook, Twitter and Google be aware of groups where theories can be propagated and where wrong concerns can be promoted.
In the meantime, always check the source of the information you are consulting and, if possible, consult other means in order to confirm it.