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Facebook, Twitter, and Google are uniting to stop vaccine misinformation from spreading online

Facebook, Twitter, and Google are uniting to stop vaccine misinformation from spreading online

A clinical trial volunteer participates in Johnson & Johnson's study to test a coronavirus vaccine.
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Facebook, Twitter, and Google are all teaming up, in partnership with Canada and the UK, to stop misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine from spreading online.




British fact checking charity Full Fact convened the group, and plans to launch an initial framework in January 2021.




According to polls, some Americans are skeptic about getting a coronavirus vaccine.




Dr. Anthony Fauci said roughly 80% of the country would need to be vaccinated to get "close to some degree of normality."




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Canada and the UK will work with Facebook, Google, and Twitter on ways to stop misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine from spreading online. British fact checking charity Full Fact will coordinate the effort. Fact checking websites based in India, Argentina, and Spain will convene alongside the tech companies and federal representatives from the UK and Canada. Facebook will fund the effort until the group launches an initial framework in January 2021, which will "set out standards of accountability" for stopping misinformation, and come up with ways to respond to "bad information" online. Scientists around the world are trying to speed the development of a COVID-19 vaccine as the disease continues to spread. The US recorded a 250,000 deaths from COVID-19, and many parts of Europe are under lockdown.
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