Yesterday, the anti-vaccine group the Kids’s Well being Protection celebrated the unfold of poliovirus in New York, mocking well being officers spreading consciousness that polio is vaccine-preventable. Right now, CHD experiences that the group was additionally completely banned from Fb and Instagram yesterday. A screenshot of Meta’s notification in its press launch says that the ban is because of CHD’s follow of spreading “misinformation that might trigger bodily hurt.”
A Meta spokesperson tells Ars that Meta “eliminated the Instagram and Fb accounts in query for repeatedly violating our COVID-19 insurance policies.”
CHD says the ban got here “with out warning,” reducing the anti-vax group off from tons of of 1000’s of followers on each social media platforms. Denying allegations that the group spreads misinformation, CHD urged as a substitute the ban is related to CHD’s lawsuit in opposition to Meta that questions the validity of how Fb and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention label well being misinformation. The group’s authorized counsel in that lawsuit, Roger Teich, urged that the ban was improper.
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