Facebook claims to work on providing accurate climate change data by integrating new information center

Facebook recently announced the launch of a new information hub so they can provide users with ‘science-backed’ information about climate change. The social media giant further said that a link to the hub will appear when the user searches for information related to climate change on Facebook. They will also see a link when they see posts linked to the specific subject.

The news about the launch of the climate change hub comes after the company received severe backlash for delivering misinformation about the causes of wildfires raging in the Western U.S.

As per the Guardian, there was one article on Facebook that blamed the Antifa arsonists for the wildfires. The article was shared more than 63,000 times on the platform.

The new feature on Facebook is called the Climate Science Information Center. This will provide the users with facts and figures sourced from factual authorities such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, U.N. Environment Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Word Meteorological Organization and the Met Office.

Facebook is also working on ways to reduce the distribution of posts that contain false or inaccurate information on its News Feed feature. Any piece of news that is considered incorrect will be labeled as ‘false.’

However, Facebook did not make any claims about removing these posts from neither - the News Feed or private Facebook groups.

The year 2020 has been dedicated to combating misinformation by Facebook and Instagram. In addition to the new information hub for climate change news, the company deployed COVID Hub in March and a voter information center in August.

The Climate Science Information Center by Facebook will currently be available to the users in the U.S., the U.K., France, and Germany. The social media giant said that it will ‘soon’ be expanded to other markets as well.


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