Facebook’s New Commitments On Combating Climate Misinformation
Environmentalists claimed that lies about climate change remain unchecked on Facebook. However, Facebook announces some new climate initiatives to face all these complaints.
The social media giant Facebook planned to set up a “Climate Science Center”. They decided to share more facts, quizzes, and videos that can bring positive change in climate-changing. They are also going to invest $1 million in grants. All these initiatives demonstrate that they like to work for combating climate misinformation.
But environmentalist says that the “science center” will not be able to stop posting false information about climate change. Much false information is spreading misguiding news about a wildfire that may hamper the overall global environment. Moreover, Facebook is continuously accepting advertising dollars from oil and gas companies.
The co-chair of the climate disinformation coalition at the nonprofit Friends of the Earth (FOE) Michael Khoo shared a statement and statement stated, “Facebook knows the super-spreaders of climate disinformation and should put an end to their repetitive lies. Facebook and other tech platforms must take far stronger action to limit the super-spreaders, and not put the burden on ordinary users.”
A new report from Friends of the Earth mentioned that the top 10 “highest-performing” Facebook posts falsely blaming wind turbines for blackouts. FOE claimed that such misinformation can spread both within and outside of the platform can easily manipulate the public interest and concerns.