Facebook to show ‘authoritative’ info on Covid vaccines

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday the social media company plans to provide users with authoritative information about Covid-19 vaccines.

Facebook has already reached out to the incoming Biden administration to help with the response to the coronavirus pandemic, Zuckerberg said.

“There’ll be a few important things that we can do together,” Zuckerberg said on a live stream with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert. “We’re already planning a push around authoritative information about the vaccines.”

Zuckerberg did not provide any additional information about how the company plans to distribute this information to users. The company also did not add anything when reached for comment.

Although Zuckerberg said in May that social media companies should not be the arbiters of truth, Facebook has taken many steps to provide accurate information and debunk myths and falsehoods throughout 2020.

In March, the company launched a Covid-19 information hub. In August, the company did the same regarding the 2020 U.S. election with a voting information hub, and in September, Facebook announced a hub with information about climate change.

The company in September also announced new policies designed to limit the spread of health advice groups, and in October, it announced a policy that banned ads that discourage people from getting vaccines.