(San Francisco) Facebook announced on Tuesday that it will now ban ads that discourage users from getting vaccinated in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has highlighted "the importance of preventive health measures."
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at 4:24 PM
“While public health experts agree that we will not have approved and widely available COVID-19 vaccines in the near future, there are things people can do to help. staying healthy. Like the seasonal flu vaccine, ”the social media giant said in a statement.
The platform had already banned false information and scams identified by health agencies such as the WHO (World Health Organization) or the CDC (American Centers for Disease Prevention and Control). It will nonetheless continue to allow ads advocating for or against government regulations regarding vaccines.
The California group will also launch an education campaign in the United States about the seasonal flu vaccine to help its users vaccinate.
COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be an important key to getting out of the pandemic, and several laboratories are currently conducting clinical trials.
The United States has pre-ordered millions of doses from Pfizer and Moderna, as well as the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax and Sanofi companies, to ensure prompt deliveries of the candidate who will prove to be the winner.
Major social networks are regularly accused of allowing the anti-vaccination movement to develop.
According to US health authorities, the percentage of children who reach two years of age without any vaccination has increased from 0.9% of children born in 2011 to 1.3% of children born in 2015. The number of requests for vaccine exemptions are in 2017-18 for the third consecutive school year in the United States.
However, a very large study of more than 650,000 Danish children followed for over a decade came to the same conclusion as several previous studies: the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) n & # 39; does not increase the risk of autism, contrary to what is offered on social networks.