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Social media companies must stamp out ‘damaging’ anti-vaxxer myths which are targeted at parents, Health Secretary warns

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Daily Mail
March 26, 2019

Social media giants must do more to crack down on ‘damaging’ anti-vaccination myths, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

He said social networking sites, of which the biggest include Facebook and Twitter, must police the spread of anti-vaxxers’ propaganda.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, the cabinet minister even suggested spreading lies about vaccines online could become illegal.

His comments come just days after Instagram announced it would block anti-vaxxer hashtags like #vaccinesarepoison to try and stop the spread of the opinions.

‘This is exactly the sort of thing we should be spending our time on and talking about and, if necessary, legislating for,’ Mr Hancock said.

‘As a country we can make decisions on these sorts of things.

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‘I want to see social media companies doing far, far more to take down this material which is so damaging.’

Anti-vaxxers are a growing problem in the Western world because they try to convince people that vaccinating children is bad for their health.

The World Health Organization said they are one of the top 10 threats to human health in 2019, alongside air pollution, a flu pandemic and Ebola.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:42 am

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