Facebook Labeled 50 Million Pieces of Covid-19 Misinformation in April

The platform is taking new measures to root out false and harmful content

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It’s spring cleaning for Facebook.

On Tuesday, Facebook announced it had labeled 50 million pieces of content related to Covid-19 misinformation in April alone, based on 75,000 articles from the independent news organizations that serve as the company’s fact-checking partners. On Facebook’s marketplace, the company also removed 2.5 million items for the “sale of masks, hand sanitizers, surface disinfecting wipes and Covid-19 test kits.”

The disclosures Tuesday came as the social media giant released its annual transparency report and relayed information about misinformation, hate speech, memes and more.

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