Facebook strengthened its detection of misinformation about the climate crisis during COP26
As COP26 (the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties) kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland this week, large technology companies are taking time to reflect on their own roles and responsibilities in tackling the climate crisis.For Facebook, this mainly means ensuring that people have access to the best and most accurate information that is scientifically based.
Facebook vice president Nick Clegg pointed out in a blog post published on Monday that before the UN Climate Summit, the company had activated a feature designed for important public events. This feature uses keyword detection to enable fact checkers to find and delete incorrect information more easily and quickly.
Clegg said: “Social media companies have the ability to connect people to each other, make a difference at scale, amplify marginalized voices, and share powerful information. We hope to play by helping people find accurate, science-oriented information. Our role and at the same time solve the error message.”
Facebook’s COP26 action is inAppleAfter announcing that its 175 manufacturing partners have pledged to use renewable energy. The size of the world’s largest technology companies and the energy that powers their supply chains and data centers means they can play an important role in ensuring that their global operations do not further exacerbate the climate crisis. Last year, Facebook’s global business reached net zero emissions, and these businesses are 100% supported by renewable energy. It is now focusing on achieving net zero emissions across its entire value chain and achieving water positivity by 2030.
Facebook also announced that it will expand access to the Climate Science Information Center, launched in November 2020, to another 100 countries. In addition, it will add a new section to the center to show how countries’ greenhouse gas emissions compare to their commitments and goals, so that people can better understand their country’s conditions today and more work needs to be done.
For Facebook users who are keen to participate in climate conversations on the platform, the company is introducing the UN’s Act Now chat experience to Messenger and Instagram, as well as introducing new stickers for people to show their commitment to the environment. support. In addition, it will conduct a series of dialogues with the main voices of the climate movement and launch a new podcast series-Climate Talks.