On Tuesday, Donald Trump asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vaccine critic who once wrote a book arguing that flu vaccines are linked to autism, to chair a committee on vaccine safety.In case it s not obvious, appointing a noted anti-vaxxer and conspiracy theorist to lead a team responsible for vaccine safety and scientific integrity is a very, very dumb thing to do.This is not the first time that Trump has entertained the completely whackadoodle, fringe anti-vaccine movement.Over the summer, Trump met with Andrew Wakefield, the discredited researcher whose launched the anti-vaxxer movement with a debunked study suggesting that a vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella could cause autism.After that meeting, Wakefield told STAT News that Trump was extremely interested, genuinely interested, and open-minded on this issue.Let s be clear here: there is no significant debate over whether vaccines cause autism.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who is one of the most famous proponents of the anti-vaccination movement, has said that Donald Trump wants him to chair a committee on vaccines and scientific integrity.In 2005, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., published an article in Rolling Stone, and online, at Salon, called Deadly Immunity.It was, he wrote, the story of how government health agencies colluded with Big Pharma to hide the risks of thimerosal —a preservative once widely used in vaccines—and a chilling case study of institutional arrogance, power and greed.Many major studies have compared children who have been vaccinated with children who have not.Both groups develop autism at the same rate; nobody has ever discovered a causal relationship between the vaccine and the disorder.And Kennedy, along with the actress Jenny McCarthy, became one of the cause s most famous supporters.
A New York State Supreme Court Justice on Friday rejected a request by 55 anti-vaccine families to block a recently passed state law eliminating exemptions to school vaccination requirements on the basis of religious beliefs.Anti-vaxxers defeated: NY bans exemptions as doctors vote to step up fightAccording to the families’ attorneys, Justice Michael Mackey cited other court decisions that have held that states have the power to impose such restrictions to protect public health from the spread of infectious disease.Justice Mackey added that the families were unlikely to succeed if they tried to continue with the case.Nevertheless, the attorneys in the case—Michael Sussman and the prominent anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—vowed to keep fighting.Kennedy’s anti-vaccine nonprofit, Children’s Health Defense, released a statement saying, “While this decision is a set-back, it isn’t the final decision.
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Children’s Health Defense, a group founded by anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is suing Facebook and its fact-checking partners for rejecting ads and labeling debunked claims about vaccines and 5G networks. The complaint against Facebook, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and the fact-checking organizations PolitiFact, Science Feedback, and Poynter Institute is legally shaky. But it marks an escalation of attacks on Facebook for policing pseudoscience.
Kennedy was one of the leading purveyors of anti-vaccine advertising on Facebook before the platform cracked down on spurious vaccine ads and promised to stop recommending anti-vax pages. As part of that effort, Facebook topped the CHD’s page with a label noting that “this page posts...
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The Guardian's research was based on monitoring six popular pages that posted anti-vaccine messages.
The younger members of the Kennedy family, one of the most famous political dynasties in the US, include authors, actors, and journalists.
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Nephew of President John F. Kennedy recently linked baseball great Hank Aaron's death to "a wave of suspicious deaths among elderly closely following" vaccination.
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Facebook-owned Instagram has permanently banned Robert F. Kennedy Jr, a prominent anti-vaccine activist who had over 800,000 followers on the platform, The Wall Street Journal reports. A spokesperson for the service said his account was removed “for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines.” His account on Facebook, however, is still live, with Facebook telling Variety that it has no plan to remove the page “at this time.”
Kennedy has been cited as one of the top spreaders of COVID-19 misinformation by the nonprofit organization Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), the WSJ notes. He also founded Children’s Health Defense, which CCDH calls a leading anti-vaccine charity.
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Kennedy, the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, has long promoted already-debunked research linking vaccines to conditions such as autism.
Kennedy has a long history of spreading dangerous misinformation on social media.
Facebook updated its vaccine misinformation policies, but the Center for Countering Digital Hate said its response is still inadequate.
Fox News' top hosts see eroding faith in the COVID-19 vaccines as a potent line of attack against the Biden administration and "liberal elites."
A study from Harvard and MIT found that pregnant and lactating women had a strong immune response to the COVID-19 shots and passed on antibodies.
Cuomo and his former bro-in-law RFK Jr. pushed to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant. New York now has to burn more fossil fuels for energy.
Startling research has revealed that only a dozen people are responsible for most of the hoaxes and lies about Covid-19 vaccines on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.Yet social media companies have failed to adequately police the dangerous misinformation and its spreaders, according to the organisation that listed what it called the “Disinformation Dozen.”The misinformation super-spreaders are continuing to fuel vaccine reluctance among millions of people, which threatens to become a major hurdle to conquering the pandemic.The “Disinformation Dozen” produce 65% of the shares of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms, concluded the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate.The report, released in March, noted that “living in full view of the public on the internet are a small group of individuals who do not have relevant medical expertise and have their own pockets to line, who are abusing social media platforms to misrepresent the threat of Covid and spread misinformation about the safety of vaccines.”“Anti-vaccine activists on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter reach more than 59 million followers, making these the largest and most important social media platforms for anti-vaxxers,” it added.Particularly troubling, the anti-vaxxers are using these social media platforms to specifically “target Black Americans, exploiting higher rates of vaccine hesitancy in that community, to spread conspiracies and lies about the safety of Covid vaccines,” the report said.The disinformation peddlers are anti-vaccine advocates, alternative health entrepreneurs and physicians, some of whom run multiple accounts across the platforms and profit by selling supplements and books. Among the 12 named in the report are Joseph Mercola, who sells dietary supplements, and his business partner Erin Elizabeth, who runs an alternative-health website. Also listed is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late US Senator Robert F. Kennedy and chairman of Children’s Health Defense, a US anti-vaccine group.In a follow-up report on Thursday, the organisation called on social media platforms to take more decisive action to eradicate dangerous misinformation about the vaccines. “Big Tech’s failure to act on the Disinformation Dozen resulted in 105 pieces of vaccine disinformation being viewed up to 29 million times in the past month,” the update said.Members of US Congress and state attorneys general have strongly urged Facebook and Twitter to ban the 12 influencers. The social media companies have been reluctant to banish them but have cracked down in other ways by labelling posts as misleading, removing outright lies and banning some repeat offenders.Facebook moved on Thursday against several of the accounts, according to NPR, which was the first to report the new research.The company has now removed 16 accounts linked to the dozen from Facebook or Instagram and has placed restrictions on 22 others, including blocking them from promoting themselves through paid ads, NPR reported Thursday.Vaccine Reality Check7 Things To Remember If You’re Worried About The VaccineConcerned By How Quickly The Covid Vaccine Was Developed? Read ThisOperation Un-Mask: Will We Ever Stop Wearing Face Coverings?Will Lockdown Be Extended? What The India Variant Could Mean For Covid Rules