Facebook Has Announced A Multistep Plan To Crack Down On Anti-Vax Misinformation
One of the most popular and prolific Facebook communities for anti-vaxxers is called “Stop Mandatory Vaccination,” run by Larry Cook, the former executive director of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. Over the past month, YouTube has demonetized Cook’s videos and his books appear to be recommended less often on Amazon. The public Stop Mandatory Vaccination and its adjacent private group are two of the larger spaces for anti-vaxxers on Facebook, and the recommendation widgets that appear on the sidebar when you visit them serve as a vector to promote similar communities.
The Stop Mandatory Vaccination page, for example, features links to “Pages Liked by This Page,” which include “Rhode Islanders for Vaccine Choice,” “National Vaccine Information Center” (which is verified by Facebook), and “Briar’s Journey After HPV Vaccine Injury,” which claims a young girl’s health has deteriorated after getting an HPV vaccine.
Facebook will also be blocking anti-vax content from ads and removing ad targeting options like “vaccine controversies.” If accounts continue to promote anti-vax misinformation via ads, the platform may disable them.
Censorship and medical industrial monopoly working to keep people ignorant of the real and scientific issues involved