Facebook to reject advertisements that provide 'vaccine misinformation'

Facebook Combat Vaccine Misinformation

"Facebook is doing this by taking a series of steps including reducing the ranking of groups and Pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations in News Feed and Search".

"A team at Facebook will use guidelines based on the most widely debunked vaccine hoaxes published by health experts", it said.

I don't have anything amusing to close this out.

In addition, ads that include misinformation about vaccinations will be rejected.

If these vaccine hoaxes appear on Facebook, the company said, it will take action against them.

"The parental refusals due to misconceptions regarding the vaccine are emerging as the major obstacle in achieving complete eradication", Khan's office said in a letter to the head of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, referring to parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated.

"We have long believed that simply removing provocative thinking such as this does little to build awareness around facts and different approaches to health", it said in a statement.

Some accounts will be disabled if they're found to be continuously violating policy by sharing inaccurate information that could jeopardize the health of the public. Facebook is attempting to reduce the number of people who see the content, she said, without censoring it outright.

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The effort means these groups and pages will have a hard time recruiting new members.

Some of the most popular pages that were taken down defended the role of migrants and Muslims in Britain, and highlighted hostile content related to Tommy Robinson, the former leader of far-right extremist group English Defense League, according to a blog here by Digital Forensic Research (DFR) Lab.

Previously, Pinterest and YouTube have also attempted to reduce the reach of anti-vaccine content.

Move comes amid outbreaks of measles in the United States attributed to growing numbers of parents who refuse to vaccinate their childrenFacebook launched an offensive on Thursday to suppress the spread of misinformation about vaccines on the 2.3-billion-member social network.

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.

During Lindenberger's testimony, one senator asked the OH teen if his mother got most of her information online.

Laughing, Lindenberger said, "Not Facebook".

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