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Social media firms are ‘failing to tackle anti-vaxxer myths’ despite promising a crackdown

Social media firms are failing to tackle anti-vaxxer myths despite promising a crackdown, experts claim

  • Facebook, Twitter and Google pledged to tackle vaccine disinformation – and take down content more quickly – after pressure from Government last year
  • Experts claim many anti-vaxxer accounts remain on the sites and are exploiting the latest questions over side effects of AstraZeneca jab
  • Daily Mail was yesterday able to find widely-shared Facebook posts in which Oxford jab was described as ‘deadly’

Social media giants have been accused of ‘failing to meet their own bold claims’ of clamping down on anti-vaxxer accounts.

Facebook, Twitter and Google pledged to tackle vaccine disinformation – including taking down content more quickly – after pressure from the Government last year.

But experts claim many anti-vaxxer accounts remain on the sites and are exploiting the latest questions over the side effects of the AstraZeneca jab.

Social media giants have been accused of 'failing to meet their own bold claims' of clamping down on anti-vaxxer accounts. Facebook, Twitter and Google pledged to tackle vaccine disinformation - including taking down content more quickly - after pressure from the Government last year

Social media giants have been accused of ‘failing to meet their own bold claims’ of clamping down on anti-vaxxer accounts. Facebook, Twitter and Google pledged to tackle vaccine disinformation – including taking down content more quickly – after pressure from the Government last year

Experts claim many anti-vaxxer accounts remain on the sites and are exploiting the latest questions over the side effects of the AstraZeneca jab

Experts claim many anti-vaxxer accounts remain on the sites and are exploiting the latest questions over the side effects of the AstraZeneca jab

Experts claim many anti-vaxxer accounts remain on the sites and are exploiting the latest questions over the side effects of the AstraZeneca jab

The Daily Mail was yesterday able to find widely-shared Facebook posts in which the Oxford jab was described as ‘deadly’.

There were further posts on Instagram, owned by Facebook, such as an ‘influencer’ warning his tens of thousands of followers it was part of a plan to ‘depopulate the world’. 

Each post, which was still online last night, had a label added by the social media firms that linked to information pages on the safety of the vaccine.

Imran Ahmed, chief executive of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which has advised the Government, said: ‘Social media companies have simply failed to meet their own bold claims of taking action to stop the spread of dangerous misinformation about vaccines by a small number of sophisticated producers.’

Last month, Facebook said it had directed over ten million visits to NHS and Government websites during the pandemic.

Anti-vaccine and anti-mask protesters gather outside Downing Street last August

Anti-vaccine and anti-mask protesters gather outside Downing Street last August

Anti-vaccine and anti-mask protesters gather outside Downing Street last August


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