If someone tries to share such a post, he or she is presented with an article explaining why the information is not accurate.
However, a Facebook spokeswoman declined to comment on the potential for adding accuracy prompts to its platform.
A Twitter spokesman, in a statement to AFP, also did not address whether the company might consider using prompts.
“Our goal has been to make certain everyone on our service has access to credible, authoritative health information,” he said.
“We’ve shifted our focus and priorities, working extensively with organizations like the WHO, ministries of health in a number of countries, and a breadth of public health officials.”
The COVID-19 misinformation study mirrored past tests for political fake news, notably in that reminders about accuracy would be a simple way to improve choices about what people share.
“Accuracy nudges are straightforward for social media platforms to implement on top of the other approaches they are currently employing, and could have an immediate positive impact on stemming the tide of misinformation about the COVID-19 outbreak,” the authors concluded.
by Arthur MacMillan with W.G. Dunlop