Facebook has today launched a campaign to weed out misinformation about the coronavirus — even though the truth about the disease has constantly changed throughout the course of the pandemic. Leading scientists insisted at the beginning of the outbreak that human-to-human transmission was unlikely, that it looked just like a bad flu and that it wasn’t a global threat. But the claims — based on the slim evidence available at the time — were eventually debunked as more of the Covid-19 mystery began to get unravelled. The virus has only been known to science for six months and even pathogens that have existed for decades are still baffling researchers, with there still no cure for illnesses like HIV or Ebola. Constantly-changing truths have sowed ‘confusion’ over the government’s official advice, with ministers having always insisted to be ‘following the science’. It has led to officials dramatically U-turning over the safety of ibuprofen, the two-metre rule and the effectiveness of face masks. Facebook’s crackdown on misinformation raises questions about whether facts still yet to be proven will be classed as fake news until the evidence becomes clearer — a process that the pandemic has shown can take months. Here are some… Read full this story
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