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Facebook Promises Tougher Climate Change Efforts

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By    |   Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:28 PM EDT

Facebook is promising new steps to provide accurate climate change information, but activists contend it is not doing enough to battle against the spread of false claims, Axios reported on Tuesday.

Facebook declared the launch of the "Climate Science Information Center" as a "dedicated space" with resources from groups such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.N.'s climate science branch.

The social media platform also said it will provide posts from "relevant sources to highlight climate science news.

However, Facebook said it will not change its approach to fighting against climate misinformation outside the information center, NBC News reported. This means it will continue to place warning labels on demonstrably false information, but won’t take down posts unless they are an immediate safety risk.

"We believe a lot of our users are particularly interested in climate science," Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs, said, adding that there is "a very strong political push around the world for more action.”

Several environmental groups issued a joint statement criticizing Facebook for only taking "half measures" on the issue, Axios reported.

"This new policy is a small step forward but does not address the larger climate disinformation crisis hiding in plain sight," said Friends of the Earth, the Sierra Club and others.

Facebook also announced that its own global operations will be at net zero carbon emissions and 100 percent supported by renewable energy this year, according to NBC. It is also attempting to reach net zero carbon emissions across its supply chain within the next decade.

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