Facebook – Combating the spread of COVID-19 related misinformation

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Due to the current pandemic it has become extremely important to ensure that everyone has access to accurate information – especially through social media. Allowing users of a social network to post information that is not credible can lead to unforeseen consequences. This patent describes systems and methods for addressing these concerns. In particular, it provides a way for social networking systems to automatically generate and / or collect contextual information related to a post and display this information along with the post. Contextual information may include credibility indicators for the posted content, relevant additional content, relevant statistical information, etc. to help the reader make an informed decision. This can help ensure that people have the correct information from health experts to stay safe and informed.

Title – Contextual Information for Determining Credibility of Social-Networking Posts

Patent holder  – Facebook Inc

Patent ID – 20190163794

Link – https://patents.google.com/patent/US20190163794A1

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