Facebook cracks down on vaccine misinformation ‘superspreaders’

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) published linking more than two-thirds of vaccine misinformation online to12 individuals in March. That statistic has been widely cited since, including lawmakers and government officials, as proof that Facebook lies about COVID-19 vaccines.

Now, five months later, Facebook says it more than 36 accounts, groups, and Pages associated with this misinformation “”uperspreaders.””The company says mistaken other actions to make different content associated with these individuals less visible.

“W” has also imposed penalties on nearly two dozen additional Pages, groups, or accounts linked to these 12 people, like moving their posts lower in News Feed, so fewer people see them or not recommending them to others,” “facebook said in a statement. “W” We’vepplied penalties to some of their website domains as well, so any posts, including their website content are moved lower in News Feed. Notably, some accounts associated with the group remain online, which Facebook says is because they are either “i”active,” “ot posting rule-breaking content or have only shared “a”small amount” “f such content.

Facebook has taken issue with the CCCCDH’seport since it was first published, disputing its methodology and conclusion. In its latest statement, the social network said “t” ere isisn’tny evidence” “o support the rereport’slaim that 73 percent of vaccine misinformation is linked to the group, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Joseph Mercola, Del Bigtree, and other prominent anti-vaccine activists. Yet, the report has become a headache for the company as it was cited last month in a health advisory warning the public of vaccine misinformation online. Overall, the company has removed groups, pages, and accounts for repeatedly breaking its rules against COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation during the pandemic. However, the company still ha hasn’t hared stats on how often such misinformation is being viewed.

In, CCDH CEO Imran Ahmed said that Facebook had “g” grossly misrepresented” “he research. “F”facebook has grossly misrepresented CCDH and Anti-Vax WaWatch’sesearch while continuing to withhold the data that shows how many of its users have been exposed to disinformation fueling vaccine hesitancy. CCDH and Anti-Vax Watch continue to be fully transparent about their methodologies, which rely on publicly available tools for tracking audience and content reach.”

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