Facebook says that it has taken down more than 1.3 billion fake accounts from October to December last year including 12 million pieces of content about COVID-19 vaccine with the help of its moderators

Social media platforms were criticized a lot for not taking any actions against those accounts spreading fake information. There were millions of accounts through which misleading information was disseminating by a group of people regarding the vaccine of the COVID-19. Many social media platforms has taken a step to prevent the spread of misinformation in public including Facebook. The social network this week revealed that it has removed more than 1.3 billion accounts involved in distribution of fake information and further it has also removed more than 12 million fake content pieces about COVID-19 from October to December of last year with the help of its content moderation teams from around the world.

In these circumstances, it is very important to present the authentic information regarding vaccine and the advices of global health experts so that people can prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to a report, there are more than 124 million cases reported in the world including 2.73 million people died due to this pandemic and 70.4 million recovered. It is no doubt that the fake information on Social Medias has played a major role in increasing the numbers of death because many people were not aware of the authentic vaccine of the COVID-19. But now, social media platforms including Facebook has taken it seriously to reduce the number of deaths all over the world.

The US house committee on Energy and Commerce has inspected the data of social media including Facebook that how these platforms tackle the spread of misinformation. Facebook told the house committee that it has scrutinized and removed secret foreign and local influence operations that are relied on these misleading accounts. Facebook took some serious actions over the past 3 years and removed more than 100 networks of coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB) from its platform and further is has informed its every step to public though its monthly CIB report. Facebook also runs other social media and messaging app including Instagram and WhatsApp in which people can share and post the fake information even in a good faith so that people become aware of what is fake news so not to rely on it, to check the facts to these shares, Facebook has also created a network of more than 80 independents from all over the world who can check the nature of contents in more than 60 languages.

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