By Matthew Roscoe • 14 October 2020 • 12:31
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FACEBOOK is set to ban anti-vaccination adverts as more controlling policies are to be introduced by the social media giants.
Anti-vaxxers will still be allowed to use the platform although ads that discourage users from having vaccinations will be banned.
The announcement comes days after Mark Zuckerberg added more restrictions by banning users who are Holocaust deniers.
This latest decision, which will currently only ban paid adverts, has been brought about by the rise in anti-vaxxers who are worried about the upcoming Covid-19 vaccinations and who are spreading “false information” that vaccines give people autism.
Those adverts have already been banned but this latest move means that adverts advising people to not get any vaccinations will be under the same scrutiny.
The social media giant will also run information campaigns to encourage users to get a flu vaccine this year and is working with organisations such as the World Health Organisation and UNICEF to improve vaccination rates.
The social media company has tightened its rules even further as it relates to Covid-19, with misinformation warnings, and Facebook “fact” notices prominent throughout the platform.
The platform’s search tool even hides groups and pages it deems to be spreading false information.
Facebook is clearly steering people in the direction they want, with free speech and personal ownership slowly becoming a thing of the past, highlighted by a recent policy that even removed posts by US President Donald Trump.
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