Facebook’s New Climate Center Won’t Solve Its Misinformation Problem

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Facebook on Tuesday announced it is establishing an online information center for climate change, which—like the company’s COVID information center—purports to cut through the noise of lies, distortions, and disinformation to provide hard scientific facts about an ongoing crisis. But as with some of the social media giant’s recent initiatives, the move is a step in the right direction that hardly goes far enough to address the full scope of the problem.The company has been sharply criticized for its handling of misleading and false content related to global warming, with hard science more or less lumped together with lies, industry statements, and conspiracy theories. In an apparent effort to address the issue, or at least to get critics off its back as devastating natural disasters across the United States bring the climate threat to the fore, Facebook announced it is adding to its platform a hub of reliable, fact-based information about climate science. “Climate change is real,” the company said in a statement. “The science is unambiguous and the need to act grows more urgent by the day. As a global company that connects more than 3 billion people across our apps every month, we understand …

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