Communications Studies associate professor Vincent Raynauld is a source for an article that examines Facebook/Meta’s potential decision to remove COVID-19 misinformation from Facebook and Instagram. Raynauld says that money is a factor:
Content moderation is a burden for these companies. Whenever you remove content from your platform, there’s a cost associated with that. When you leave the content up, you’re likely to get more content creation and engagement with that content. There are lots of studies that show misinformation tends to generate a lot of engagement, and for these companies, user engagement is money.