The social media revolutionizing tech giant, Facebook, is already in a war with fake news and recently it seemed to have lost it.
A few weeks ago, it announced that it would be reformatting its News Feed, figuring out ways of taking away the fake news controversies that have dogged the company over the past year.
Hoping to reduce the fake news publishers spreading woeful rumours like wildfire, Facebook announced the new news feed would focus on “more posts from friends and family” and “less public content, including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses.”
Despite its consistent trials to get rid of the fake news, the company might’ve just helped another fake news article, spreading dangerous misleading information about the flu vaccine goes viral.
The fake news article was the world’s 12th most engaging story on Facebook in January. The article was shared by more than 60 thousand people across the platform. The article states, “verdict is out on flu shots.
Many medical experts now agree it is more important to protect yourself and your family from the flu vaccine than the flu itself.” It was one of Facebook’s top four articles in terms of engagement this week, according to a report.
The article discussed her, quotes non-existing medical professionals from the CDC, and warns people against taking actions that could save their own lives, and could lead to real people getting ill unnecessarily, or even dying!
But, obviously, it’s complete nonsense. Flu shots do not contain any active virus.
“The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot,” the actual CDC has explained on their official website.
There are three types of influenza vaccine, none of which can make you ill. One has an inactive form of the virus, one (recombinant version) contains no flu at all, and the third is a nasal vaccine, which contains a severely weakened form of the virus.
Always, remember while surfing through your news feed, just because you saw it on the internet, doesn’t mean it’s supposed to be true. Do your own research before making opinions.
Share it with all your friends to warn them of fake news.