Facebook removes 7 million posts for sharing false information on COVID-19

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Facebook said it had removed seven million posts in the second quarter for sharing false information about the coronavirus, including content that promoted fake preventative measures and exaggerated cures, according to a Reuters report.

The social media giant released the data as part of its sixth Community Standards Enforcement Report, which it introduced in 2018 along with more stringent decorum rules in response to a backlash over its lax approach to policing content on its platforms.

Facebook said it would invite external experts to independently audit the metrics used in the report, beginning in 2021.

Worldwide coronavirus cases have surpassed 20 million, with Brazil and Mexico reporting a combined 27,000 infections in just one day. More than 12.2 million have recovered, and almost 735,000 have died from the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.