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Measles Outbreak Casts Spotlight on Anti-Vaxxers


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#821 LFC

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 01:58 PM

Finally some sanity from social media companies on anti-vax propaganda.

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Facebook is changing how users see vaccine content — part of an ongoing effort by social platforms to correct, block, and minimize vaccine misinformation amid a record measles outbreak.

On Wednesday, the social media giant, which owns Instagram, announced a new vaccine information pop-up. Whenever users happen upon a page or profile with vaccine-related content, they’re shown a window that connects them to credible vaccine data (the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for US-based users and the World Health Organization for international users).

The move follows Facebook’s previous actions to limit anti-vaccine hoaxes on its network, and blocking of anti-vaccine hashtags, such as #VaccinesCauseAutism and #VaccinesArePoison, on Instagram.

Even Pinterest, typically a place for home and wedding inspiration, is now trying to make vaccine misinformation less prominent. Last year, the platform barred searches for any vaccine content, recognizing that its vast user base of moms was accessing misinformation on the platform. Then in August, Pinterest began displaying only results from credible public health organizations, including WHO and CDC.

YouTube has also announced it’s no longer allowing users to monetize anti-vaccine videos with ads, in the hopes that it will disincentivize the people who create them.

These changes are encouraging for one reason: Misinformation about vaccines can be dangerous. And a crackdown by some of the world’s tech giants, which all have millions of users, might mean fewer people are exposed to anti-vax information, and maybe fewer parents will decide to shirk lifesaving shots for their kids.

But it’s probably unrealistic to expect that Facebook or Pinterest will eliminate anti-vaccine sentiment, and there are reasons to be skeptical of their approaches. While it’s popular to blame YouTube and its ilk for every social evil, it’s not actually clear that these platforms are emboldening vaccine denialism in a significant way. And there are better proven ways to boost immunization rates — but they involve more systemic fixes than just stamping out erroneous pins and Facebook posts. Here’s why.


Update: The CDC puts the number of measles cases in the U.S. at 1,234 now.
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Posted 05 September 2019 - 05:28 PM

Now if they would only do that for other leading misinformation, like climate change, etc.
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Posted 10 September 2019 - 02:19 PM

Anti vaxxers close down part of the CA legislature in protesting two bills that define how medical exemptions are to be given. Apparently medical exemptions were for sale by some doctors. The bills were authored by a senator who is also a pediatrician and who authored a bill banning personal belief as reason for exemption.

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 11:27 AM

We might finally be at the end of the measles outbreak ... for now.

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For the first time since early January, no new measles cases were reported in the United States last week, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials continue to monitor ongoing outbreaks in two New York counties.

The number of measles cases in the United remained at 1,241 for the year as of last Thursday.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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