Facebook may remove anti-vax information from its recommendations

Facebook may remove anti-vax information from its recommendations

Now, Facebook has also accepted the battle against the distribution of anti-vaccination messaging on its platform. At the same time, there has been a rise in cases of measles and other infectious diseases across the United States.

"The World Health Organisation listed vaccine hesitancy, the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines - as one of the top threats to global health in 2019", he wrote.

The social media giant told Bloomberg that it will look into removing false and misleading information on vaccines from software systems that recommend related content on the site.

Yesterday, Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, sent letters to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, expressing his concern for the decline of vaccination rates in the U.S. and the recent measles epidemic in Washington.

Schiff added in the letter that there is no evidence on the claim regarding dangers of vaccinations which pose a great risk to public health.

Facebook's statement said it would work to reduce and remove the information from recommendations and group suggestions in the app, according to Bloomberg.

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Less than a month later, anti-vaccination activists in Washington state rrallied against vaccinations at the capital as a measles outbreak was spreading in the state.

"We have separate efforts on misleading and otherwise low quality health content because of the potential harm that content creates for people and society".

"As more Americans rely on your services as their primary source of information, it is vital that you take that responsibility with the seriousness it requires, and nowhere more so than in matters of public health and children's health", he wrote. Facebook did not respond to questions from the Guardian about its plans for dealing with the issue. He also expressed concern over a report that Facebook accepts payments for anti-vaccine ads. Officials are now pressuring Facebook and Google to address the spread of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. Vaccinations ranked among the three most popular story topics.

After hearing the decision of Facebook and its management, anti-vaccination activists protested and many social media users who are against the idea said that "it takes away our freedom of speech and self-expression".

Advertisers pay to reach groups of people on Facebook which include those interested in "Dr Tenpenny on Vaccines", which refers to anti-vaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny, and "informed consent", which is language that anti-vaccine propagandists have adopted to fight vaccination laws, The Guardian reported on Friday.

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