Facebook Inc., under pressure to reduce harmful, misleading and fake content, said it is exploring removing anti-vaccine information from software systems that recommend other things to read on its social network.
Information discouraging people from getting vaccines for their children, which has gone viral on Facebook, especially in its Groups product, may have contributed to an increase in outbreaks of measles. The crisis drew attention on Thursday from Representative Adam Schiff, who sent a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Google boss Sundar Pichai, asking them to address the problem.
‚ÄúThere is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of this trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surface on the websites where many Americans get their information,‚ÄĚ Schiff wrote. ‚ÄúThe algorithms which power these services...
As a pastor‚Äôs wife and a homeschool mom of 5, I vaccinated for 16 yrs before I knew the ethical & moral concerns about vaccines (use of aborted fetal cells in vaccines). Also, my son‚Äôs health was ruined by vaccines in 2011. ‚ÄúAnti-Vaccine‚ÄĚ is a term used to undermine parents who have VERY legimate concerns about rhe product safety of vaccines & vaccine manufacturers that have zero liability for its products. We would be wise to question the silencing of parents from FB on this issue.
Shamard Charles, M.D. and Caroline Radnofsky wrote: ....Some teenagers who have never been vaccinated against diseases such as measles or chickenpox are questioning the anti-vaccine movement, even as health officials condemn parents who chose not to vaccinate their children for a measles outbreak in 10 states....
...The recent measles outbreak is a reminder that herd immunity ‚ÄĒ which occurs when enough people are vaccinated against an infectious disease to protect others in the community who are not ‚ÄĒ has broken down in some communities....
from "Amid measles outbreak, some unvaccinated teens are seeking ways to get their shots"
Apparently social media can be a value.
I see from the Bloomberg article that representative Adam Schiff is taking time out of his busy schedule on checking out what happened during the 2016 election to do something of certainly equal value.ūüíČ