Facebook extends Covid myth-busting page to Instagram
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Facebook extends Covid myth-busting page to Instagram

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Facebook debuts vaccine pop-up windows to stop the spread of misinformation “Now that many countries are moving towards vaccinations for all adults, we’re working on tools to make it easier for everyone to get vaccinated as well,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in prepared remarks posted to the social media platform on Monday, writes Jacqueline Howard for  CNN.

“First, we’re launching a tool that shows you when and where you can get vaccinated, and gives you a link to make an appointment,” Zuckerberg wrote in the post.

“This will be in the Covid Information Center, which we’ll show people right in their News Feed.”.

Writing for  Axios, Sara Fischer said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday that Facebook is building a tool to connect people to information about where and when to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The big picture: Facebook has been blamed for the spread of anti-vaccination misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Details: In a blog post, Zuckerberg said the company aims to help bring 50 million people “one step closer to getting vaccinated” by helping people “learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and find out when and where” they can get one.

To make this possible, Facebook has partnered with Boston Children’s Hospital to offer a tool that helps Facebook users identify places nearby to get a vaccine.

Zuckerberg said the company will also expand its “COVID-19 Information Center,” currently on the main Facebook app, to Instagram.

It will also deploy official chatbots on its messaging app WhatsApp to get people registered for vaccinations with health authorities and governments.

Writing for CNET, Queenie Wong said Users will also see another screen when they try to share a post on Facebook and Instagram with a COVID-19 label.

The social network is also launching new tools so journalists, publishers and others can track COVID-19 information in real time and public health officials can analyze data about why some people don’t want to get vaccinated.

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John Bergstein is an investigative journalist who has been a staff writer for Republik City News since 2019. His works frequently address the topics of technology, politics and corruption.