Facebook is ready to fight back against anti-vaxxers
The battle Facebook wages against the spread of fake news and misinformation could be set to expand to include removing anti-vaccination content from the social network.
The anti-vaxxer movement has long been fairly vocal, and it has found a home on Facebook. The viral spread of anti-vaccine groups on the social network has been blamed -- at least partly -- for outbreaks of measles in the US. Facing pressure to block the spread of dangerously misleading information, Facebook has said that it could demote anti-vaxxer content and remove it from recommendations.
- Health experts call on Facebook to close anti-vaxxer groups
- Open letter signed by Mozilla demands Facebook take 'real action' against disinformation
- Germany bans Facebook from combining user data collected from Instagram and WhatsApp
Facebook responded by saying it is "exploring additional measures to best combat the problem". It goes on to say that this could include measure such as "reducing or removing this type of content from recommendations, including Groups You Should Join, and demoting it in search results, while also ensuring that higher quality and more authoritative information is available".
Schiff has also written to Google about the issue, as YouTube is home to a large amount of misleading anti-vaxxer content.