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Commentary

Are Facebook and its new oversight board up to the task when it comes to health misinformation?

Israel Public Policy Institute
Subject(s)
Ethics and social responsibility; Health and environment; Information technology and systems
Keyword(s)
misinformation, health information, disinformation, social media, facebook, oversight board, freedom of expression, pandemic, covid-19
The article examines the first decisions issued by Facebook's newly established Oversight Board that deal with the exacerbating problem of health misinformation. In this context, it is questioned whether the Board's applied standard of 'imminent harm' is suitable for the problem at hand given the viral proliferation of potentially consequential false and misleading information about public health policies amid a pandemic.