Facebook launches Climate Science Information Center


Facebook on Tuesday launched a Climate Science Information Center to increase credible sources on climate change, as critics questioned its role in disseminating misinformation on the issue.

Facebook The project is modeled on its model COVID-19 The information center, and in preparation for the US election in November, launched a similar facility last month on voting.

The equipment will be rolled out in the United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, and eventually in other countries.

“The Climate Science Information Center is a dedicated space on Facebook with factual resources from the world’s leading climate organizations and the steps people can take in their everyday lives to combat climate change,” the company said in a post.

It said that articles of high quality publishers and other sources on climate science news would also be available at the center.

Facebook has faced allegations that it allows false claims about climate change through a policy that exempts opinion articles from its outside Fact check system.

It has said that it prioritizes dealing with misinformation that poses an immediate risk of harm such as forgery. Coronavirus Cures or vulgar language that may incite violence.

Facebook’s global policy chief Nick Clegg The company said that the company would continue to exempt on false claims Climate change Posted by politicians, although these are often among the most popular content on the platform.

Clegg told reporters, “No social media company has ever tried to do this for the simple reason that political speeches are characterized by exaggeration, selected use of statistics, and exaggerated claims of the qualities of one candidate and others. it occurs.”

The company has not measured the effectiveness of its Coronavirus Information Center in combating false narratives about the epidemic, though product chief Chris Cox said it saw 600 million people clicking on the tool, which officials considered a success.

Facebook also confirmed that its global operations would achieve net zero carbon emissions and would be 100 percent supported by renewable energy this year.

© Thomson Reuters 2020


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