The new rules will concern posts of users of these social networks, as well as pre-paid advertisements.
"Since December, we’ve removed false claims about COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts. Today, following consultations with leading health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), we are expanding the list of false claims we will remove to include additional debunked claims about the coronavirus and vaccines", reads the message.
Thus, Facebook and Instagram will be deleting posts containing the following messages:
- coronavirus is a man-made illness;
- vaccines are ineffective;
- recovering on one's own is safer than getting vaccinated;
- vaccines are toxic and dangerous; their use could result in the development of various diseases like autism.
"We will begin enforcing this policy immediately, with a particular focus on Pages, groups, and accounts that violate these rules, and we’ll continue to expand our enforcement over the coming weeks. Groups, Pages, and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that repeatedly share these debunked claims may be removed altogether", reads the Facebook's statement.
The company plans to donate USD 120 million to support the healthcare authorities, NGOs, and agencies of the UN. The funds will be used to hold an information campaign about the massive vaccination.