Updates

Apr 27, 2021

Majority of Disinformation Dozen Allowed to Keep Spreading Anti-Vax Message Despite Big Tech Pledge to Crack Down

According to a new report, the nation's most prominent anti-vaccine leaders have continued to spread misinformation in violation of terms of service of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Mar 24, 2021

Disinformation Dozen: Two-Thirds of Online Anti-Vaccine Content Originates from Top 12 Anti-Vax Leaders

Up to 65 percent of anti-vaccine content circulating on major social media networking sites is tied to just 12 individuals or organizations who use social media to spread propaganda about vaccines, according to a new report.

Mar 1, 2021

Medical Professionals Urge Facebook to Take Action on Anti-Vaxxers

More than 100 medical professionals signed this letter which will be sent to leadership at Facebook.

Feb 16, 2021

Joseph Mercola – The Disinformation Dozen

On February 8, 2021, Facebook announced another update to their policies to address COVID-19 and vaccine disinformation and misinformation on their platforms. Since January, Mercola's Page has violated policies no less than 9 times, which would seem to rise to the threshold for removal based on repeated sharing.

Feb 15, 2021

Sherri Tenpenny – The Disinformation Dozen

On February 8, 2021, Facebook announced another update to their policies to address COVID-19 and vaccine disinformation and misinformation on their platforms. Tenpenny's Instagram account, which has over 124,000 followers, remains active and continues to violate Facebook's stated policies in both posted content and live video appearances.

Feb 15, 2021

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – Disinformation Dozen

On February 8, 2021, Facebook announced another update to their policies to address COVID-19 and vaccine disinformation and misinformation on their platforms. Since January, Kennedy's Facebook Page has violated policies no less than 7 times, which would seem to rise to the threshold for removal based on repeated sharing.

Feb 15, 2021

Tracking the Disinformation Dozen

On February 8, 2021, Facebook announced another update to their policies to address COVID-19 and vaccine disinformation and misinformation on their platforms. One week later, Facebook has not demonstrated the willingness or ability to thoroughly, accurately and equally enforce its stated policies. It's time for Facebook to #StopAntiVaxxers and #FinishTheJob.

Jan 10, 2021

Andrew Wakefield Spreads Misinformation Through Fringe Platforms, Amplified By Facebook Groups And Pages

Back to his old tricks, Andrew Wakefield is again spouting dubious and disproven science as fact to sow doubt around COVID vaccines.

Jan 9, 2021

Kevin Jenkins Compares Hank Aaron to “Slave Catchers”

Kevin Jenkins, CEO of the Urban Global Health Alliance, tags 49 other users while making baseless claims that Hank Aaron was paid off and is a "modern-day slave catcher."

Jan 5, 2021

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Spreads Misinformation On COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy

Much of RFK Jr.’s content would not be approved as paid content according to new policies about content not discouraging vaccination – but organically, it is still achieving significant levels of interaction and ”viral” reach.