On Wednesday, Instagram published a political scone and prominent anti-vaccine activist, Robert F., over misinformation related to coronovirus. Kennedy Jr.’s account was down.
Facebook said in a statement, “We deleted this account to share repeated debating claims about coronoviruses or vaccines.”
The son of former Senator and US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Mr. Kennedy worked for decades as an environmental lawyer, but is now known as an anti-vaccine crusader. A 2019 study found that two groups, including their nonprofit, now called Child Health Defense, funded more than half of Facebook ads spreading misinformation about the vaccine.
He found a wide audience during the epidemic on platforms such as Instagram, where he had 800,000 followers. Although Mr. Kennedy has stated that he is not opposed to vaccines as long as they are safe, he regularly supports the changed link between vaccines and autism, and has argued that it is unlikely to contract coronavirus Is safer than.
have Facebook Become more aggressive This week, saying that in its efforts to stamp the vaccine misinformation, it will Remove posts with false claims In general about coronaviruses, coronavirus vaccines and vaccines, whether they are advertisements or user-generated terms. In addition to Mr. Kennedy’s Instagram account, the company said it has removed eight other Instagram accounts and Facebook pages on Wednesday as part of its updated policies.
He did not include Mr. Kennedy’s Facebook page, which was still active until early Thursday and makes many similar unfounded claims for more than 300,000 followers. The company said it did not automatically disable accounts on its platforms and had no plans to take down Mr. Kennedy’s Facebook account at the time. “
Children’s Health Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Members of Mr. Kennedy’s family have spoken out against his anti-vaccine efforts against a brother, sister and niece who accused him of spreading “dangerous misinformation” Column he wrote for Politico In 2019. Another niece, Kerry Kennedy Meltzer, a doctor at New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weil Cornell Medical Center, Wrote an opinion essay In December, the New York Times challenged his claims.
“I love my uncle Bobby,” she wrote. “I admire him for many reasons, one of them being his decades-old fight for a clean environment. But when it comes to vaccines, he is wrong.