Facebook and Instagram on Thursday expunged the records of Children’s Health Defense, an association run by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. one of the biggest US officials for spreading medical misinformation. One of the anti-vaccination groups.
In an emailed newsletter, Children’s Health Defense said Facebook and Instagram had closed their accounts after the social network banned them for 30 days.
The non-profit that Mr. Kennedy has run since 2018 has been accused of censorship of apps. The group said the removal of CHD accounts is evidence of a clearly planned effort to curb our influence at a time of sharp criticism of our public health institutions.
In a statement, Mr Kennedy said Facebook is acting here as a surrogate for the federal government’s crusade to silence all criticism of harsh government policies.
Healthcare of youth is largely seen as an image of anti-immunization development. Last year the organization was named one of the Disinformation Dozens, which refers to the top 12 supers preaders of misinformation about COVID-19 on the Internet according to the Center for Countering Digital Hate.
Facebook and Instagram owner Meta said it removed Children’s Health Defense’s main accounts because the group repeatedly violated company policies on medical misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kids’ Health Defense expressed that altogether it had the greater part 1,000,000 devotees on its primary Facebook and Instagram pages. The actions of Facebook and Instagram are a blow to former senator and US President Mr Kennedy. are sons of.
Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. But deleting the account doesn’t completely stop him from speaking online. While Mr Kennedy was personally banned from Instagram in February 2021 his personal Facebook page with nearly 247,000 followers still continues.
According to a review by The New York Times, other Facebook pages dedicated to protecting children’s health, including those in the California Florida and Arizona chapters, live online and have thousands of followers.
Children’s Health Defense has repeatedly questioned the safety of COVID-19 vaccines during the pandemic, falsely stating that the vaccines harm organs and harm pregnant women.
The organization has tried to sow doubts about other types of vaccines as well. In the past two months it has been claimed that tetanus vaccines cause infertility and that polio vaccines were responsible for the global increase in polio cases.
Meta has policies prohibiting medical misinformation, but has struggled with how to enforce them. The company has sparked more than a dozen discussions over the past year about deleting Children’s Health Defense’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram.
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Last month, Meta’s president of global affairs Nick Clegg wrote an open letter about the company’s medical misinformation policies. He said its strict policies regarding COVID-19 misinformation.
Before the pandemic the meta only removed posts that could have contributed to the risk of imminent bodily harm Mr Clegg said.
During the pandemic the company expanded to cover up social distancing and dispel false claims about the spread of the virus. Those latter measures may no longer require him to be in the place he suggested.
He said more than 25 million pieces of content related to COVID-19 misinformation have been removed since the start of the pandemic.
Misinformation experts have said conspiracy theories and lies about Covid-19 are prominent on Facebook and Instagram and have continued to attract attention.