Facebook says it’s cracking down on climate change misinformation. Scientists say it’s not doing enough.
Facebook says it’s moving aggressively to counter climate-change misinformation with a Climate Science Information Center that launched Tuesday and aims to connect users with science-based facts.
“Climate change is real,” the company said. “The science is unambiguous and the need to act grows more urgent by the day.”
The announcement comes just days after emergency responders in the Pacific Northwest had to fight misinformation on Facebook along with catastrophic wildfires, and ahead of Climate Week, a conference run by international nonprofit the Climate Group, in association with the United Nations and the city of New York.
“Our goal is to help people get authoritative information about climate change, and we are taking it seriously,” Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox told USA TODAY. “This is one step, and there will be many more.”
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