Facebook forced to limit misinformation spread via WhatsApp amid Sydney lockdown

Posted by on July 23, 2021 4:00 pm
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Claims that supermarkets will close amid Covid outbreak prompt NSW Health to urge people to use ‘trusted and credible sources’

New South Wales Health has issued a warning about misinformation circulating on WhatsApp that claims Sydney supermarkets will close as part of the ongoing lockdown, with owner Facebook saying it is working to limit the spread of misinformation on its private messaging app.

On Thursday, it was reported that a screenshot purporting to be from NSW Health saying that supermarkets would close for four days as part of the Covid-19 response was circulating on WhatsApp.

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