Please invest in Our Daily Planet today, by making a one time or monthly contribution.
We do not charge our readers a subscription fee for our content. We want to continue to grow our readership, particularly among millennials and public servants. Voluntary contributions from readers will help us employ interns and freelance journalists, expand our content, and reach a larger audience.
As Rachel Koning Beals wrote for MarketWatch yesterday, “Facebook, long targeted by critics for allowing misinformation on global warming and other environmental developments to populate users’ social-media feeds unchecked, announced it will launch a new information hub to provide “science-based information” about climate change.”
This announcement comes days after officials responding to wildfires in Oregon had to fight rumors that certain groups had intentionally caused fires, leading to chaos and confusion during an emergency.
Why This Matters: While more information is all well and good, ultimately it will not stop the spread of fake news. As Dylan Byers wrote for NBC News, “Facebook will not change its approach to combating climate misinformation outside the hub. It will continue to apply warning labels to demonstrably false information, but will not take down posts unless they pose an immediate safety risk.” And that’s the piece that desperately needs addressing.
Not everyone is convinced that Facebook is committed to elevating climate coverage, especially when the tech behemoth censored a climate scientist’s post earlier this summer at the same time that they allowed climate change propaganda to go unchecked. In responding to a letter from Senators led by Elizabeth Warren, Facebook explained that it has two standards for climate-fact checking which ultimately allow misinformation to proliferate.
Green Cred: Additionally, in an effort to address its greenhouse gas emissions, Facebook also pledged to slash greenhouse gases and purchase enough renewable energy and offsets to cancel out carbon dioxide emissions from its global operations this year. The company also set a goal to reach net-zero from its supply chain, employee commuting, and business travel by 2030.
This week, we marked the grim milestone of 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. We know that many among them cared deeply about the environment and climate change, and many were public servants. In their honor, we want to tell the story of one — Jennifer “Jen” Pizza, who died suddenly last Sunday of […]
A 21-year old woman from the U.K., Jasmine Harrison, became the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean — she did it in just over 70 days — surviving capsizing twice and a near collision with a giant tanker ship. Why did she do it, you ask? She said on her website, “I […]
This week we wanted to learn about how to make our politics less divisive, particularly when it comes to making progress on climate change and environmental issues. So we reached out to Mo — an original Friend of the Planet — who has been studying civility in politics for years. In GU Politics’ most recent […]
Our Daily Planet is your daily dose of the stories shaping our world and the ways that you can take action. From the climate crisis to the protection of biodiversity, if these issues matter to you then please subscribe & stay informed!
Your privacy is Important! We promise never to use your email address to send you spam or advertisements.