Facebook says that groups focused on health-related topics are longer permitted come in recommendations no. The update is area of the company’s latest effort to fight misinformation.
“To prioritize connecting people who have accurate health information, we have been starting to no more show health groups in recommendations,” Facebook writes in a statement. Facebook notes that users it’s still able to seek out these combined groups and invite others to become listed on them, but these groups will no come in suggestions longer.
Facebook groups, ones that dabble in health-related topics especially, have been difficult for the business long. Groups focused on anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, for instance, are also associated with QAnon and COVID-19 disinformation – often by the company’s own algorithmic suggestions. Mark Zuckerberg recently said the ongoing company won’t remove anti-vaccine posts just how it can with COVID-19 misinformation.
Speaking of QAnon, Facebook says it’s taking yet another step to help keep groups linked to the conspiracy theory from spreading by “reducing their content in News Feed.” The business removed a huge selection of groups linked to the movement previously, but hasn’t rooted out its presence entirely.
Finally, Facebook will archive groups that no more have a dynamic admin now. “In the coming weeks, we’ll begin archiving groups which have been lacking any admin for a few right time,” Facebook writes. Later on, the ongoing company will recommend admin roles to members of groups without one before archiving.
Facebook notes that it penalizes groups that repeatedly share false claims which are debunked by its fact checkers and that it’s removed greater than a million groups within the last year for repeat offenses or elsewhere breaking its rules.
But critics have long said that Facebook doesn’t do enough to police groups on its platform, which were associated with disinformation, threats and harassment of violence. The business came under fire last month after it didn’t remove a Wisconsin militia group that organized an armed reaction to protests in Kenosha before day following a deadly shooting. And several Facebook groups have already been credited with hampering the emergency reaction to devastating wildfires in Oregon after spreading baseless conspiracy theories about how exactly the fires were started. Facebook eventually began removing these claims after emergency responders begged visitors to stop sharing the rumors.