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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Facebook employs about 38,000 full-time people. Only a few of them are physicians. Just one is a cardiologist.

That’s Dr. Freddy Abnousi, the social media giant’s head of health care research. He’s in the role at a time when Facebook’s rivals in Big Tech have been making ambitious pushes into health and medicine.


As for Facebook? While the company deals with a long list of controversies around privacy and user data, it’s also been taking some heat — and making headlines — in the realm of health issues. Those headlines span an effort from the company to crack down on vaccine misinformation and a push announced earlier this week to let users ask health questions anonymously.

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