Currently, there is a tremendous amount of fake news on Facebook and there is a significant amount of climate change denial on Facebook Pages.
In my opinion, this type of disinformation should not be tolerated on Facebook especially since they are denying the scientific consensus and are causing a tremendous amount of harm.
Believe it or not, the World Health Organization reported that over 100 million people will die because of climate change pollution in less than 2 decades. Please keep in mind that climate change will have many different devastating effects on mankind.
In addition, Facebook is already banning certain types of misinformation, such as false info about voting or the coronavirus pandemic. When misinformation harms the public good (or public health in the case of the coronavirus pandemic) it should be banned.
Then why isn't denial about climate change banned as well? Lying about climate change will confuse the public, cause polarization, and will hinder efforts to combat mankind's greatest challenge.
In any event, you are allowed free speech as long as you don't harm anyone. This is known as the harm principle.
In fact, there are many different examples of cases in which there are limitations to free speech.
Denying climate change is similar to denying the health effects of cigarettes. The second one is illegal. Why is the first one legal?
Please sign this petition and please share it.
There are many outrageous climate denial Facebook pages. For instance, the "Friends of Science" Facebook Page was created in order to spread disinformation about climate change. The most shocking thing of all is that they don't even hide the fact that they are from Calgary, Alberta which is the heart of the tar sands.
However, in the ACTUAL FACEBOOK RULES (found at https://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php under page content at the very end) it is ACTUALLY WRITTEN: "Pages must not contain false, misleading, fraudulent, or deceptive claims or content."
Therefore, any kind of disinformation regarding climate change should not be tolerated on Facebook!
Of course, this is not the only corporate disinformation campaign on Facebook but we need to send a message: climate deniers will not get away with it!
Please take the time to sign this petition and to share it (more than once over time!). When you do, think of the future of your descendants and what kind of world they may be forced to live in.
List of Climate Change Denial Facebook Pages:
Sincerely, Laurent Cousineau
Founder of ClimateChangeGuide.com