TikTok, Reddit and Facebook are dealing with spikes in content about ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug that gained traction as a Covid-19 treatment. Sales of ivermectin to animals, as well as calls to poison control centers, have increased enough for the FDA issue a consumer update explaining why people shouldn't take it to treat or prevent virus.

On TikTok, the Rolling Stone found videos, some of which had over a million views, promoting ivermectin as a treatment for Covid19 under tags like #ivermectin4covid and #ivermectinworks.

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 Since then, TikTok has removed the videos for violating community guidelines and blocked the tags. A spokesman said the application will continue to remove related videos and hashtags. The #ivermectin tag is still active, even though many of the most popular videos in the tag are of healthcare professionals debunking incorrect information.

This week, on Reddit, moderators from several hundred subreddits asked the platform to take action against misinformation about Covid-19, including banning subreddits that spread medical misinformation.

Disagreeing with calls for a total ban, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman, shared an answer  saying “Reddit is a place for open and authentic discussions and debates. This includes conversations that question or disagree with popular consensus.” 

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Furthermore, the post goes on to say that Reddit will take action when people promote fraud or encourage harm, as well as quarantine certain subreddits so they don't show up in searches and can't be accessed without logging in.

People in Facebook groups also share incorrect information and even make sponsored posts that advertise ivermectin for the treat or Covid-19 prevention. 

According to a spokesperson, Facebook removes content “that attempts to buy, sell, donate or order Ivermectin” and “takes action against any account or group that violates our Covid-19 and vaccine policies, including allegations that the ivermectin is a guaranteed cure or prevention, and we do not allow ads that promote ivermectin as a treatment.” 

As platforms they updated their policies and also added links to authorities as the CDC removed millions of posts. However, as the pandemic continues and misinformation evolves, the solutions remain the same.

Source: The Verge

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