Coronavirus (1212) 'Stop it': Papua New Guinea raps Facebook for COVID-19 misinformation

2 April, 2021

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Misinformation shared on Facebook is the biggest threat to Papua New Guinea’s COVID-19 vaccine plans and the social media giant must take steps to “stop it”, the Pacific country’s health minister said on Thursday.

Conspiracy theories about vaccines are so entrenched that even frontline health workers are hesitant to take the shot, Jelta Wong said at a talk with an Australian think tank that was streamed online.

“Facebook is our biggest conspiracy theorist platform,” Wong said...

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org