Tuesday June 2, 2020

Facebook ‘winning battle’ against virus misinformation

Monitoring company says response to false news has been effective

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

8th April, 2020
Paul Quigley of Newswhip said that while public platforms such as Facebook could be policed more easily, private networks such as WhatsApp were a factor in the spread of misinformation. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Increased efforts from social media companies and other organisations have stemmed the level of misinformation being shared about the Covid-19 pandemic, an Irish media monitoring company has said.

It comes as the European Union’s “external action service” issued a report last week warning that fake news about the virus was a threat to public health.

Paul Quigley, chief executive of Newswhip, said that compared with many other issues that have caused...

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