Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Facebook plans to pull anti-vaccine groups and pages to combat misinformation

Facebook plans to pull anti-vaccine groups and pages to combat misinformation

Facebook is following the lead of Pinterest, which has blocked all searches using terms related to vaccines or vaccinations as part of a plan to stop the spread of misinformation related to anti-vaxx posts. They say vaccine hesitancy is a top 10 global threat, along with HIV, Ebola, and climate change.

The company said it would reduce the ranking of groups and pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations in its News Feed and Search features and would also reject ads spreading such information.

"I'm happy to see @Facebook's thoughtful application of remove/reduce/inform to health misinformation", she said.

Apart from that Facebook-owned Instagram will also have all ads which pertain to anti-vaccination downranked or removed.

NEW YORK (AP) - Social media giant Facebook says it is hiding groups and pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations from the search function of its site. WHO in February listed "vaccine hesitancy" among its top 10 most pressing global health threats for 2019 and the United Nations last week warned against "complacency" as measles cases soared worldwide. A study was recently published that found the majority of the most-viewed health stories on Facebook in 2018 either contained significant amounts of misleading information or were downright fake.

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The letter mentioned that above 100,000 children in every round were missed during polio vaccination because of false propaganda regarding the vaccine.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director at the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said it's "those that are unvaccinated that put us all at risk".

On Thursday, Bikert and Facebook appeared to reaffirm that stance, as the new statement made no mention of removing groups or pages altogether - something Facebook has done in the past, notably with content relating to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his show Infowars.

Lindenberger, who famously vaccinated himself against his mother's wishes, spoke to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday and reiterated Schiff's calls for reliable information - not the type of stuff his mother was reading on social media.

Facebook said it would not ban anti-vaccination content. "Counter-speech in the form of accurate information from experts in the field ... can help create a safer and more respectful environment".

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