February 12, 2021, 03.00 PM
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Big social media platforms under pressure

The World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "will be exempt from these tests" in order to maintain the flow of reliable information on COVID-19, according to the company.

Responding to public pressure, Facebook, Google, Twitter and other outlets have recently agreed to tweak their operations in order to reduce the spread of fake news via their platforms.

Facebook announced in October that it would ban groups that openly support QAnon, a popular conspiracy theory that has led to the spread of misinformation across the US and other countries.

In the past, the social network has resisted algorithm changes which would reduce misleading and divisive content, as such changes would reduce their platform's overall use.

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