March 8, 2019
Facebook says it will no longer show anti-vaccination groups or pages in its recommended content as the site faces mounting pressure to curb misinformation.
But, it won’t remove anti-vaxxers altogether.
In a blog post today, the firm said it is instead working to ‘tackle vaccine misinformation’ by giving it less of an audience and promoting more accurate information.
The move comes two days after the son of an anti-vaxxer testified before Congress, urging them to crack down on Facebook, which he accused to preying on people like his mother.
‘For my mother, her love, affection and care as a parent was used to push an agenda to create a false distress,’ Ethan Lindenberger, from Norwark, Ohio, said during his testimony.
‘These sources, which spread misinformation, should be the primary concern of the American people.’
Senator Isakson asked: ‘Where do you get most of your information?’
‘From not Facebook,’ Lindenberger replied with a laugh.
This article was posted: Friday, March 8, 2019 at 8:35 am