- The Facts:Facebook is thinking about removing ‘anti-vaccination’ content from their newsfeed due to political pressures.
- Reflect On:What exactly is ‘anti-vaccination’ content? Is questioning vaccine safety credibly a bad thing? Is providing factual information showing vaccines can be dangerous a bad thing? Who’s going to decide what’s ‘misinformation?’
The modern vaccine discussion is there for good reason: some feel they are necessary to prevent infectious disease, while others are witnessing the damage they are causing and asking questions about safety and effectiveness. That’s it in simple grounded terms – but good luck getting mainstream media or mainstream health professionals to talk about this subject in a grounded manner.
Due to the lack of honest reporting, groundedness, and truth around the subject, people have been galvanized into a battle filled with hatred and judgement for those who are choosing not to vaccinate. The same can be said for some who choose not to vaccinate and view those who do as silly, stupid or sheep. The bottom line is, we can’t get to the truth when we are in emotionally aggressive and judgemental states that crowd our common sense.
The rise of emotions has created backlash for Facebook who currently allows for the dissemination of vaccine research and content that questions their safety. This political backlash has prompted Facebook to consider reducing or removing the ‘false’ information from the platform, and they may also decide to demote ‘anti-vaccination’ content from Facebook search results too, according to a statement received by Bloomberg.
The challenge here is, we’re still playing in a divisive world of polarity whereby the assumption is there are pro-vax people and anti-vax people. When in reality, a more honest and nuanced observation would tell you there are pro-vax people based on faith, anti-vax people based on faith, pro-vax people based on choice and then people who simply choose to question vaccinations and do research, which leads them not to vaccinate. The latter are not ‘anti-vax,’ they simply chose to make a choice based on tireless hours of research. To call these people anti-vax, or even any content that questions vaccinations as ‘anti-vax’ is outright incorrect and irresponsible.
Is There A Misinformation Problem?
Now, is there a problem with misinformation on Facebook when it comes to vaccines? Certainly there is. Sometimes content appears on Facebook that is not factual, and yes, users can find that content and if they don’t do their research, may become misinformed. But then again, false and misleading content is found on the CDC website, the WHO website and from almost every mainstream media outlet – and it ends up on Facebook. And it’s not just vaccines, look at how MSM covers modern politics or events like the recent Jussie Smollet case. Shoot first, ask questions later. Retraction, after retraction, after retraction. Yet the damage is already done in most cases. This is why alternative media came about, because there was a need for perspectives that weren’t pushing just a single, corporate, controlled narrative.
But why is the average Facebook user, or ONLY alternative media, penalized when a false story comes out? Why no fair treatment within the many retractions mainstream media must give for their bad journalism and hoaxed reporting?
But back to the topic of vaccines, yes, some vaccine info on Facebook is false, and it comes both from the mainstream media and alternative media. If we are to state that only information from mainstream media, the CDC and WHO is true regarding vaccines, and only that information could be disseminated to people, we would likely have a lot more damaged or dead children from vaccinations. Which leads to an interesting thought, with the hundreds of thousands of children who are not being vaccinated at all, or as frequently, how many lives have actually been saved?
A Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider regarding their stance on vaccine content:
“We are committed to accurate and useful information throughout Facebook. 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.”
And Facebook has indeed taken a stance on certain subjects. It has recently deleted over 800 Facebook pages that stem from ‘alternative media.’ While some of these pages have disseminated false stories in the past, not all have, yet their deletion goes without explanation. Are vaccine pages and pages who disseminate vaccine content next?
Critics, like Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democrat from California, have been putting pressure on big tech giants like Facebook and Google to take action on stopping ‘anti-vaccine’ information. In a recent letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai he wrote:
“The algorithms which power these services are not designed to distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information, and the consequences of that are particularly troubling for public health issues,”
“Additionally, even parents and guardians who seek out accurate information about vaccines could unwittingly reach pages and videos with misinformation.”
Sure they can become misinformed, but they could also see the false and misleading information from the mainstream media and CDC regarding vaccines, and that information does not tell the full picture of the associated dangers with vaccinating children. Just read any vaccine insert and you’ll get an idea of what that looks like.
So the question becomes, who’s going to decide what is false or misleading information regarding vaccines? The very institutions that credible research is debunking?
Further to that, the challenge we still face is in a parent and child relationship. The public is the silly child, and government and Facebook is the parent. Instead of empowering the people with a culture of self-responsibility, we continue to push the idea that someone must always come in and tell us what’s right or wrong. This creates a dependence on government and institutions that continually take advantage of the population.
What You’re Not Being Told About Measles Outbreaks
The CDC has stated that there have been over 100 instances of measles since January – more than the entire year of 2016 when there were only 86. The World Health Organization has even gone on to say that vaccine hesitancy is one of the top 10 threats to global health for 2019. Yet neither the CDC or WHO have any reason to believe, nor evidence to support, that not vaccinating is causing these very minor outbreaks. More children die or are damaged by vaccines in a single year than these outbreaks, and yet we’re simply chalking up not vaccinating as a global health crisis?
The truth is, the CDC and WHO don’t have evidence for their claims because the research says the opposite of what they’re saying.
First off, the Measles are not a scary thing. In fact, in the past, when one kid got the measles, it was common for other kids in the neighborhood to come spend time with the ‘infected’ kid so they too could get the measles and boost their immune system. The hysteria around measles today is a product of the vaccine industry who profited over $1.4 billion off the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and Varivax (chickenpox) vaccines.
Further, many of the outbreaks of measles we are seeing today are as a result of the vaccinated population.
The CDC consistently claims that the measles have been eradicated when in fact the image and websites below clearly show that measles outbreaks were not eradicated by year 2000 in the US. On top of that, every time a natural increase in cases occurs, action is taken to try and stop vaccine exemptions even though the vaccine itself has been shown to be ineffective even in areas that are 99% vaccinated.
” Scientific evidence demonstrates that individuals vaccinated with live virus vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), rotavirus, chicken pox, shingles and influenza can shed the virus for many weeks or months afterwards and infect the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. See research in studies : 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.11.12 Adults have contracted polio from recently vaccinated infants. A father from Staten Island ended up in a wheel chair after contracting polio while changing his daughter’s diaper. He received a 22.5 million dollar award in 2009. 20,21 ” ETC.
2. This link contains pub med studies illustrating outbreaks that have occurred in 100% vaccinated populations and also covers lawsuits pending that indicate MERCK lied about efficacy rates of the MMR.
“An Examination of Scientific Data Re: Vaccine Failures and Failure of Investigative Media Coverage: “
Further to the above information, according to GreenMedInfo:
“Research reveals that a vaccinated individual not only can become infected with measles, but can also spread it to others who are also vaccinated against it – doubly disproving that the administration of multiple doses of MMR vaccine is “97% effective,” as widely claimed.”
“The moral of the story is that you can’t blame non-vaccinating parents for the morbidity and mortality of infectious diseases when vaccination does not result in immunity and does not keep those who are vaccinated from infecting others. In fact, outbreaks secondary to measles vaccine failure and shedding in up to 99% immunization compliant populations have happened for decades. Here are just a few examples reported in the medical literature:
1985, Texas, USA: According to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1987, “An outbreak of measles occurred among adolescents in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the spring of 1985, even though vaccination requirements for school attendance had been thoroughly enforced.” They concluded: “We conclude that outbreaks of measles can occur in secondary schools, even when more than 99 percent of the students have been vaccinated and more than 95 percent are immune.”1
1985, Montana, USA: According to an article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology titled, “A persistent outbreak of measles despite appropriate prevention and control measures,” an outbreak of 137 cases of measles occurred in Montana. School records indicated that 98.7% of students were appropriately vaccinated, leading the researchers to conclude: “This outbreak suggests that measles transmission may persist in some settings despite appropriate implementation of the current measles elimination strategy.”2
1988, Colorado, USA: According to an article published in the American Journal of Public Health in 1991, “early 1988 an outbreak of 84 measles cases occurred at a college in Colorado in which over 98 percent of students had documentation of adequate measles immunity … due to an immunization requirement in effect since 1986. They concluded: “…measles outbreaks can occur among highly vaccinated college populations.”3
1989, Quebec, Canada: According to an article published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health in 1991, a 1989 measles outbreak was “largely attributed to an incomplete vaccination coverage,” but following an extensive review the researchers concluded “Incomplete vaccination coverage is not a valid explanation for the Quebec City measles outbreak.4
1991-1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: According to an article published in the journal Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical, in a measles outbreak from March 1991 to April 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, 76.4% of those suspected to be infected had received measles vaccine before their first birthday.5
1992, Cape Town, South Africa: According to an article published in the South African Medical Journal in 1994, “[In] August 1992 an outbreak occurred, with cases reported at many schools in children presumably immunised.” Immunization coverage for measles was found to be 91%, and vaccine efficacy found to be only 79%, leading them to conclude that primary and secondary vaccine failure was a possible explanation for the outbreak.”6
The challenge here is clear, the blame is being cast upon those who are choosing not to vaccinate (not failing to vaccinate) simply because it goes along with the narrative. It’s as if media, government and the industry doesn’t care about WHY people are choosing not to vaccinate, the research that backs up their choices, and instead are simply working on behalf of the vaccine industry and political pressure.
In no way have we seen that vaccines are truly effective. Most infectious diseases were nearly eradicated prior to the introduction of vaccines due to the sanitation, and even with theories like herd immunity, there is simply no solid evidence that this actually works.
This isn’t to say we cannot have a discussion about vaccines, in fact, that’s precisely what this says. Instead of the emotional side vs. side arguments that are often had, we must begin to look at the vaccine conversation from less of a debate and more of a grounded discussion. It’s irresponsible to aggressively push to either side without calmly and factually looking at the evidence that’s there.
I also feel it’s important we begin to look past this need for governance, and instead start taking responsibility for our own lives. The parent should not always be there to tell us what is right and wrong, we must grow up and learn to stand on our own two feet.
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