Facebook wants to stop bogus health claims from spreading


(WETM – TV) – Social Media giant, Facebook, wants to put an end to bogus health claims from spreading.

The company said Tuesday that the new rules will apply to posts like miracle cures, magic weight loss pills, and anti-vaccine arguments “based on unsound health claims.”

Rather than removing sensational health posts outright, Facebook will change the way they’re ranked in news feeds, so that fewer people see them. The posts will instead show up lower in news feeds.

This is similar to what Facebook does to limit the influence of clickbait posted by publishers.

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