“Keep in mind that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will benefit plant life on Earth or that polar bear populations will not be affected by global warming,” Facebook said.
Facebook will direct Dutch users to the information center when entering climate-related search terms. Important resources for the center are the International Committee of Climatologists (IPCC), the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization.
To pick the facts, Facebook works with experts from the US universities of Yale and George Mason and the University of Cambridge.
Fake news and conspiracy theories
“Without the right knowledge available to all of us, we cannot win the battle against climate change,” Facebook explains. The social medium has often been criticized for its widespread use to spread fake news and conspiracy theories. As a balance, Facebook has already come up with information pages about the Coronavirus and the US elections. In addition, the social medium works in conjunction with fact checkers.
In the United States, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, a Climate Change Information Center was introduced already at the end of last year. In addition to general climate information, Facebook will collect facts on the Dutch page that are of particular interest to our country. The company will do the same in a dozen other countries.
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