First The Guardian and now Business Insider is warning that Facebook may remove, reduce, and demote anti-vaccination content on the platform in an effort to combat the spread of false information. The social network also said it could decide to demote anti-vaccination content from Facebook search results too. This may even include closed Facebook groups.
“We remove content that violates our Community Standards, down-rank articles that might be misleading, and show third-party fact-checker articles to provide people with more context. We have more to do, and will continue efforts to provide educational information on important topics like health.”
Critics, like Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democrat from California, have called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a letter Thursday to take action on the spike in false vaccine information running rampant on the platforms.
The Guardian whined: ‘So-called “anti-vaxxers” are operating on Facebook in closed groups, where members have to be approved in advance. By barring access to others, they are able to serve undiluted misinformation without challenge.’
‘Fiona O’Leary, an autism activist and campaigner against pseudo-science, called on Facebook to block anti-vaccine groups. “If they won’t shut down closed groups I’d like to see a Facebook watchdog that will remove misinformation causing harm to children,” she said.’
So what is exactly is false vaccine information? And how will Facebook judge what is false?
Are articles questioning vaccine safety providing false information? Are we supposed to believe everything that the pharmaceutical industry and the CDC and FDA tells us as truth in terms of safety?
On Feb. 11, in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the FDA admitted, for the first time, that government agencies, including the CDC, are recommending vaccines for pregnant women that have neither been licensed for pregnant mothers by FDA nor tested for safety in clinical trials.
The lawsuit, filed by Children’s Health Defense (CHD) attorney, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on behalf of Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), a vaccine safety advocacy group, sought all clinical trial data used by FDA to approve influenza vaccines for pregnant women. The FDA’s terse reply: “We have no records responsive to your requests.”
The CDC has actively recommended influenza vaccination during any trimester of pregnancy since 2004 and has told pregnant women to get Tdap shots (for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) since 2011. The FDA is responsible for vaccine safety and licensing, but, in the just-released court documents, it admits that it has no safety data to back up the CDC’s “off-license” pregnancy recommendations.
Blanket recommendations for vaccination during pregnancy are a dangerous proposition due to vaccination’s ability to activate a maternal immune response that can damage the developing fetal brain—just as infections during pregnancy sometimes do. In 2008, neuroscientist Paul Patterson warned, “Even if it happens less than 1% of the time, vaccinating an entire population of pregnant women could affect thousands of children.”
Long-term safety studies have not been designed to detect vaccine-related fetal injuries, but a 2017 Kaiser study of over 45,000 women (published in JAMA Pediatrics) showed an elevated risk of birth defects and a 20% higher risk of autism in children whose mothers received a first-trimester flu shot.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. notes that most flu shots given to pregnant women still contain a mercury-based preservative thimerosal.
Thimerosal is acknowledged by Proposition 65 in California as a reproductive toxicant and exposure during pregnancy can cause learning and behavioral problems. Tdap contains aluminum, which FDA regulates as a toxin in parenteral nutrition but not in vaccines.
The global market for influenza vaccines is estimated at $4 billion. GlaxoSmithKline took in $7 billion in 2017 in vaccine sales. The global market for vaccines is expected to be worth $100 billion by 2025,
That’s just one problem with the flu vaccine. Then there’s Gardasil which Merck heavily promotes to prevent HPV – a vaccine which has caused more documented injuries than any other vaccination in history.
A current lawsuit in L.A. claims Merck had wrongfully and deceitfully failed to perform in the preapproval processing period and thereafter, the material scientific and medical investigations and studies relating to the safety, effectiveness and need for the Gardasil vaccine as required by and under the FDA directives and regulations.
The company failed to disclose that Gardasil was effective only with certain strains of the HPV virus; it’s not effective once an individual is infected with the HPV virus; and other existing methods are effective in avoiding HPV viral infections.
Lawyers demonstrated how Gardasil’s super-powered Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate (AAHS) adjuvant over-stimulated the immune systems of vaccine recipients tipping them into autoimmune conditions in which their redlining immune defenses begin attacking their bodies’ own organs, causing a cascade of illnesses.
The Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate adjuvant has never been safety tested by government regulators or by Merck. Studies on animals conducted by world renowned independent scientists like Dr. Chris Exley, Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, Dr. Chris Shaw and others have found that mice and sheep exposed to aluminum adjuvants, at concentrations comparable to those found in vaccines, develop strange behavioral patterns and illnesses resembling autoimmune diseases.
Israeli physician and autoimmunity researcher Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, known as “Godfather of Autoimmunology,” suggests that some of the ingredients in vaccines are a significant contributor to the growing global epidemic of autoimmune diseases.
Shoenfeld has been researching Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants, a recently identified condition in which the exposure to a vaccine adjuvant leads to an aberrant autoimmune response. “There are some specific adjuvants which have been shown to induce ASIA; for instance, aluminium,” he says. “I am definitely not against vaccines. However, it should be considered that when you give millions of people an active substance, and vaccines are active substances, then some may suffer from adverse events.”
His published papers include – Behavioral abnormalities in female mice following administration of aluminum adjuvants and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil. It concluded: “It appears that Gardasil via its Al adjuvant and HPV antigens has the ability to trigger neuroinflammation and autoimmune reactions, further leading to behavioral changes.”
Then we have the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine. A team of Scandinavian scientists conducted a study with alarming results. That study, funded in part by the Danish government found that African children inoculated with the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine, during the early 1980s had a 5-10 times greater mortality than their unvaccinated peers.
The data suggested that, while the vaccine protected against infection from those three bacteria, it made children more susceptible to dying from other causes. The scientists hypothesized that the DTP vaccine might weaken a child’s immune system against non-target infections.
The authors warned: “It should be of concern that the effect of routine vaccinations on all-cause mortality was not tested in randomized trials. All currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis.”
In the 1960s, the U.S. vaccine schedule in the United States called for 5 total vaccine doses during childhood, today it’s up to 72 doses. There are now nearly 300 vaccines in development.
And now Facebook wants to guard your freedom against knowing information that might make you question a vaccine’s safety.