First Anti-Vaxx Billboard Is Up In California Despite Crackdown On Crowdfunding


Fundraisers for anti-vaccination groups underscores issues Facebook is having in their massive-scale content moderation.

Anti-vaccination billboards, full of misinformation, are being planned to line California roadways and are being paid for through Facebook fundraisers, despite the platform-wide crackdown on such campaigns, according to NBC News.

The billboards feature the faces of two children whose parents claim were killed by vaccines, although there is concrete, medical evidence that contradicts their logic.

The mother of one of the children, Catelin Clobes, raised $16,304 for the campaign through 491 Facebook users.

Although Facebook announced in April a restriction on vaccine misinformation fundraising and has been able to stop funding for the nation’s largest anti-vaccination groups, such as the Informed Consent Action Network and Physicians for Informed Consent, smaller fundraisers such as Clobes’ are able to slip through the cracks.

“We partner with leading public health organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which have publicly identified verifiable vaccine hoaxes,” a Facebook spokesperson wrote in an email to NBC News. “If these vaccine hoaxes appear on Facebook, we will take action against them, including the removal of access to our fundraising tools.”

The science on vaccines is clear: they safe and essential to protecting public health (which includes the health of vulnerable populations).

Yet, anti-vaccination groups rely on pseudoscience and conspiracy theories about the government and pharmaceutical companies. Those ideas are false.

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