The Scottish Mail on Sunday - 2021-11-21


Facebook ‘too slow to act on fake jab posts’


By Daniel Bates

FACEBOOK was under fresh pressure last night to ‘clean up its act’ amid claims it dragged its feet over false posts about jabs. The social media giant sparked fury for allegedly failing to act over nearly two out of three misleading posts within 48 hours. The figures emerged in previously unpublished correspondence between former Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and Facebook chief spin doctor Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister. Writing in November last year, Mr Dowden said that since March 2020, Facebook only responded within 48 hours of his department ‘flagging misleading posts’ in just 30 per cent of cases. The requests came from his department’s misinformation unit, which identifies ‘dangerous and incorrect claims’ about coronavirus. Facebook took issue with the figures, claiming it responded ‘within hours’ to most reports from the Government.


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