Facebook cracks down on anti-vaxxing

March 7 (UPI) -- After receiving criticism for not combating the spread of health misinformation on its platform, Facebook on Thursday released a statement on how it will crack down on the problem. The social media giant said it will lower the ranking of so-called anti-vaxxing groups and pages, which pass around misinformation on their feeds and searches about vaccinations. "We also believe in providing people with additional context so they can decide whether to read, share, or engage in conversations about information they see on Facebook," Monika Bickert, vice president of Global Policy Management at Facebook, said in a news release. Facebook said it plans to reject ads that misinform users about vaccinations and remove related targeting options for terms such as "vaccine controversies."


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