WHO partners with Facebook stop the spread of inaccurate vaccine information
The World Health Organization is partnering with Facebook to stop the spread of inaccurate information about vaccines, which the WHO calls “a major threat to global health that could reverse decades of progress made in tackling preventable diseases.”
The international health group announced yesterday that Facebook and Instagram will direct users searching for vaccine data to the WHO’s research in an effort to steer people to accurate information.
The launch of the new features comes in the midst of a measles outbreak in the United States. U.S. health officials have confirmed 1,234 measles cases across 31 states so far this year, more than three times all the cases last year and the greatest number of cases since 1992.