Zuckerberg to interview Fauci on coronavirus pandemic

Zuckerberg to interview Fauci on coronavirus pandemic
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Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFacebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in the second quarter Hillicon Valley: Trump order targets TikTok, WeChat | TikTok fires back | Chinese firms hit hard in aftermath Female lawmakers pressure Facebook to crack down on disinformation targeting women leaders MORE will interview Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTo preserve our democratic freedoms, let's cultivate service-minded, thoughtful citizens Russia says coronavirus vaccine will be ready for doctors in two weeks Fauci: 'I seriously doubt' Russia's coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective MORE, the government's top infectious diseases expert, on Thursday.

The discussion, which will take place on Zuckerberg's Facebook page, will focus on the U.S.'s response to the coronavirus pandemic and what steps need to be taken to contain it.

"I'm grateful for Dr. Fauci's leadership and looking forward to hearing from him," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post announcing the interview.

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The discussion comes amid rising tensions between Fauci and the Trump administration, which has sought to discredit the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

It also gives Zuckerberg an opportunity to share updates on Facebook's efforts to limit misinformation about the pandemic on its platform.

Conspiracy theories and unfounded claims about the coronavirus, its origins and ways to combat it have surged on social media in step with the disease itself, causing what WHO has branded an “infodemic.”

Facebook has taken several steps to combat the spread of that disinformation, elevating information from trusted sources and limiting the spread of potentially harmful posts.

The social media giant also began notifying users who have interacted with misinformation about the coronavirus and connecting them with debunkings of common misinformation.

The administration has largely failed to contain the pandemic, actively pushing for businesses to reopen and sending mixed messages on public health measures as simple as wearing a mask in public. 

Most states are seeing increases in case numbers and positive test rates, with Arizona, Florida and California setting records in recent days. More than 136,000 people in America have died of the virus to date.