Facebook to Add Labels to All Posts Referring to Covid-19 Vaccines - Hoping The Move Will Promote 'A

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A new article on Forbes reports that Facebook will soon add labels to all posts about coronavirus vaccines that points people to its Covid-19 Information Center, the company said in a blog post on Monday as part of its plans to promote vaccination efforts on its platforms, amidst continued criticism from health experts and lawmakers for allowing misinformation about vaccines to spread on its platform.

Facebook says it's already adding labels to posts that discuss the safety of the Covid vaccines:

"We've already connected over 2 billion people to authoritative COVID-19 information, and today as access to COVID-19 vaccines expands, we're going even further and aiming to help bring 50 million people one step closer to getting vaccinated.

To do this, we're helping people learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and find out when and where they can get one through our apps. Some of the ways we are doing this:
  • A tool to connect people to information about where and when to get a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Expanding our COVID-19 Information Center to Instagram
  • Expanding official WhatsApp chatbots on COVID-19 to get people registered for vaccinations with health authorities and governments
  • Adding labels on posts about COVID-19 vaccines to show additional information from the World Health Organization
  • Making real-time aggregate trends in COVID-19 vaccinations, intent to get vaccinated and reasons for hesitancy available to public officials to inform equitable vaccine rollout.
  • By working closely with national and global health authorities and using our scale to reach people quickly, we're doing our part to help people get credible information, get vaccinated and come back together safely.

We've partnered with Boston Children's Hospital to offer a tool on Facebook in the US to help people identify places nearby to get the vaccine. The locations in this tool are provided by VaccineFinder and include hours of operation, contact info and links to make an appointment. You can access this tool in the COVID-19 Information Center, and it will be supported in 71 different languages. We plan to expand to other countries as vaccines are available more widely."
More and more posts will get labelled in the coming weeks until all posts generally about Covid-19 vaccines will be affected. Users who share a post about Covid-19 vaccines will see an additional popup with an informational label which the company says will offer people "context they need to make informed decisions about what to share."

This appears to be somewhat of a u-turn. In an Axios interview on HBO last year, Mark Zuckerberg said:

"If someone is pointing out a case where a vaccine caused harm or that they're worried about it -- you know, that's a difficult thing to say from my perspective that you shouldn't be allowed to express at all."
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  • Profile picture of the author ellamacrow
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Zuck is doing 'politically correct' - but I find I resent the idea of Facebook judging the truth about vaccines. Will we go from 'anything and everything' given 'as fact' by FB users....to Zuckerberg telling us what is true and what is not?
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Stanley
    to Zuckerberg telling us what is true and what is not
    Intentions aside - it's astounding and scary to think about how much abject power one individual has.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Even more frightening - how many people just read and believe everything on FB...or Twitter...or...
    Saving one dog will not change the world - but the world changes forever for that one dog
    Don't count the days - Make the days count
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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew Stanley
      90%? I think for most, that's their appeal/what makes them addictive. 1) Curate feed such that one is surrounded exclusively by one's own beliefs/ideologies. 2) Read posts confirming prior beliefs. 3) Receive dopamine hit. 4) Repeat
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    It seems facebook and other social media is politically involved.
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    • Profile picture of the author marvin11nr
      It's been always like that, isn't it? And talking of COVID vaccines, I've read recently an article of how stolen Covid-19 vaccines, as well as certificates for them - being sold on a dark web for cryptocurrency, hah. What do you think about it? Take a look ( here: noirdotnews.com ) to get more information about it. I think it would be pretty easy to detect those transactions of bitcoins, and of course it would be much easier to see where the vaccines have gone.
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  • What about anti-vax groups and pages? Does this mean the posts within the groups will also come with pop-ups? Or can the moderators get around it?
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