Facebook's New Climate Change Misinformation Effort Falls Short: Group

"Facebook’s new effort to combat climate change misinformation falls short of addressing the root of the false claims spreading on the social media platform, an advocacy group said.

Facebook announced a plan Thursday including a $1 million investment in a new climate grant program to support organizations working to combat climate misinformation, but the group Friends of the Earth said the effort misses the point and will fail to expel the vast majority of disinformation.

“Facebook’s actions are far too little, far too late,” Michael Khoo, Friends of the Earth co-chair of the Climate Disinformation Coalition, said in a statement. “Facebook knows the super-spreaders of climate disinformation and should put an end to their repetitive lies. We cannot solve social media disinformation by playing an endless game of whack-a-mole with known liars.”"

Rebecca Klar reports for The Hill September 17, 2021.


"Four Days of Texas-Sized Disinformation" (Friends of the Earth)

"Tackling Climate Change Together" (Facebook)

"Facebook Steps Up Fight Against Climate Misinformation – But Critics Say Effort Falls Short" (Guardian)

"Analysis Shows Facebook Allows 99% of Climate Disinformation to Go Unchecked" (Common Dreams)

Source: The Hill, 09/20/2021