Facebook Will Crack Down on Anti-Vaccine Content

As Clark County, Washington, combats an ongoing measles outbreak, Facebook announced Thursday that it’s diminishing the reach of anti-vaccine information on its platform. It will no longer allow it to be promoted through ads or recommendations, and will make it less prominent in search results. The social network will not take down anti-vaccine posts entirely, however. The company also said it was exploring ways to give users more context about vaccines from “expert organizations.” The decision was widely anticipated: Facebook, along with YouTube and Amazon, has faced criticism from journalists and lawmakers in recent weeks for allowing vaccine misinformation to flourish on their sites. Facebook also told media outlets in February that it was looking into how it should address …

22 Of The Most Entertaining Responses To Anti-Vaxxers

#2 Many anti-vaxxers use the possibility of having an autistic child as one of their debate points – but this autistic person had a counterpoint. #4 Anti-vaxxers say they want to return to a simpler, more ‘natural’ time – well this user had some holes to poke in that theory. Approximately 110 000 people died from measles in 2017 – mostly children under the age of 5 years according to the World Health Organization. #7 This user pointed out that just because you have googled information about vaccines on the internet does not mean you know more than doctors. #9 Parent in an anti-vaxxing Facebook group seeks advice against judgmental neighbors – and receives an unexpected response. #11 Internet user fights …