Welcome news to those who hate fake news! Facebook have announced that they will remove posts that promote fake vaccine claims. This includes claims that jabs could cause autism. Numerous studies have proven that this is not and has never been the case.
This will be welcome news to advocates to this well known cause. Facebook has been under pressure for many years to prevent the rise of anti vaccination conspiracy theories on its platform. The pressing nature of the the coronavirus pandemic has heightened the need for reliable information amid the roll out of global vaccination programmes.
There has always been debate over censorship vs the threat of anti vaccination that has held up this decision. This news will be welcome to those who have campaigned to prevent the spread of misinformation in relation to the MMR vaccine.
- Content claiming it is safer to contract a disease than to receive a vaccine
- Claims that all vaccines are “toxic, dangerous or cause autism”.
When will these changes happen ?
In an statement Guy Rosen – Facebook’s vice president for integrity stated. “We will begin enforcing this policy immediately, with a particular focus on pages, groups and accounts that violate these rules, and we’ll continue to expand our enforcement over the coming weeks.” He added that “Groups, pages and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that repeatedly share these debunked claims may be removed altogether.”
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