Facebook has announced plans to tackle misinformation around climate change.
Certain posts will be labelled, directing users to Facebook’s Climate Science Information Center where there will be fact-checking information around the climate crisis.
“The spread of damaging falsehoods endangers the level of international cooperation required to prevent catastrophic global warming. Facebook is in a unique position to counter the circulation of online misinformation, and the new climate ‘myth-busting’ section is an important step toward debunking dangerous falsehoods,” said Dr Sander van der Linden, a Cambridge academic who worked with Facebook.
This feature is already available in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany. It will be rolled out in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Spain, South Africa and Taiwan.