Facebook, Facing Lawmaker Questions, Says It May Remove Anti-Vaccine Recommendations


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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-14/facebook-says-it-may-remove-anti-vaccine-recommendations

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.

In response, Facebook said it is “exploring additional measures to best combat the problem," according to a statement from the company. That might include “reducing or removing this type of content from recommendations, including Groups You Should Join, and demoting it in search results, while also ensuring that higher quality and more authoritative information is available."

Obviously Facebook are doing this to avoid legislation still it would be good if this censorship applied to other anti-science garbage like flat earth theory and linking microwaves to cancer.


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Slightly related though just as significant:


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Still on matters Facebook and data privacy:

Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as “digital gangsters”.