Facebook Targets New COVID-19 Vaccine Falsehoods

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Facebook says it will ban new lies about COVID-19 vaccines that are circulating on the social network, such as falsehoods that the shots are ineffective, toxic, dangerous or cause autism.

All such claims have been debunked for both COVID-19 shots and all types of vaccines, the Associated Press reported.

Facebook previously banned a number of related lies, including: vaccines don't actually exist, vaccines cause infertility, vaccines contain tracking microchips; and masks are ineffective.

But it's not clear if the new ban will be more effective than the company's previous efforts to halt such misinformation.

"Millions of people are being fed dangerous lies which lead them to doubt government guidance on COVID and on vaccines, prolonging the pandemic," Imran Ahmed, CEO of the watchdog group Center for Countering Digital Hate, told the AP.

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