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Environmentalists pan Facebook's new climate change hub

16.09.20, 19:11

Facebook this week announced it would replicate its widely used COVID-19 information center in combating another global crisis: climate change.

Many Facebook users opened the platform on Tuesday to find a banner prompting them to "see how our climate is changing." That led them to the Climate Science Information Center, a  How climate change is impacting wildfires 04:33

But the company's fact-checking efforts have been criticized for exempting opinion pieces, even when they include patently false facts, allowing for the spread of misleading information from science-denial groups like the CO2 Coalition. In June, Facebook removed a fact-check of a debunked Daily Wire article after the company's executives received complaints, an investigation from Popular Information and HEATED found.

Facebook also declines to fact-check political ads, of which it expects to sell more than $420 million this year.

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