Anti-vaxxers use Facebook to target pregnant women with fear and lies / Boing Boing


The anti-vaxxeurs know no shame, Facebook is ready for anything for a dollar advertising, the water is wet.

Science Alert:

Facebook is aggressively used by immunization advocates to target pregnant women with sponsored commercials to spread false information and conspiracy theories as the United States battles a measles outbreak.

A sponsored ad found by Quartz reporter Jeremy Merrill shows the mandatory Stop Vaccination Anti Vaccination Organization intended for women ages 20 to 60 who have shown interest in pregnancy in Washington State, where the governor recently declared the state of emergency as a result of the measles outbreak.

Nearly 50 children and young adults from Clark County, Washington State, have become ill since January.

According to the CDC, there have been more than 100 cases of measles since January, more than all of 2016, when there were only 86. So far almost all sick children are not vaccinated.

In the announcement sponsored by Stop Compulsory Vaccinations, which has more than 100,000 "likes" on Facebook, a woman's daughter has died "12 hours after being injected with eight vaccines in 2008 ".

Immunization rates have fallen in pockets of the Pacific Northwest in recent years, while lies about the dangers of vaccines have spread, despite the fact that the measles vaccine is safe for almost everyone and that It can prevent many debilitating diseases and death.

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Jason Weisberger

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