NBC News: Anti-vaccine groups changing into ‘dance parties’ on Facebook to avoid detection

NBC News: Anti-vaccine groups changing into ‘dance parties’ on Facebook to avoid detection. “Some anti-vaccination groups on Facebook are changing their names to euphemisms like “Dance Party” or “Dinner Party,” and using code words to fit those themes in order to skirt bans from Facebook, as the company attempts to crack down on misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.”

‘Ridiculous’: Vaccine Myths Cripple U.S. Uptake as Delta Surges (BloombergQuint)

BloombergQuint: ‘Ridiculous’: Vaccine Myths Cripple U.S. Uptake as Delta Surges. “”Just as the Biden administration appeared at the verge of snuffing out Covid-19 in the U.S., a shadow pandemic of disinformation threatens to prolong the crisis. Promulgated virus-like itself through social media platforms, a miasma of uncertainties, anecdotes and outright lies has seized the imaginations of Americans hesitant to be vaccinated, slowing the U.S. campaign to inoculate its population.”

TechCrunch: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Ridiculous Lawsuit Against Facebook Gets Tossed Out Of Court

TechCrunch: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Ridiculous Lawsuit Against Facebook Gets Tossed Out Of Court. “As you may recall, last summer we wrote about what we referred to as an ‘insanely stupid’ lawsuit that Robert F. Kennedy had filed against Facebook on behalf of his wacky anti-vax organization ‘Children’s Health Defense’ (CHD). The issue, of course, is that Facebook blocked CHD from posting the usual conspiracy theories and medical disinformation that RFK Jr. has been known to spread.”

MIT Technology Review: Anti-vaxxers are weaponizing Yelp to punish bars that require vaccine proof

MIT Technology Review: Anti-vaxxers are weaponizing Yelp to punish bars that require vaccine proof. “Spamming review portals with negative ratings is not a new phenomenon. Throughout the pandemic, the tactic has also been deployed to attack bars and restaurants that enforced mask-wearing for safety. As pandemic restrictions have lifted, businesses like Mother’s Ruin have sought to ensure that safety by requiring proof of vaccination using state-sponsored apps like New York’s Excelsior Pass, vaccine passports, or simply flashing vaccine cards at the door — practices that have instigated a second surge of spam reviews.”

Rappler: Anti-vaxxers make up to $1.1 billion for social media companies

Rappler: Anti-vaxxers make up to $1.1 billion for social media companies. “The global anti-vaccination industry, including influencers and followers, generates up to $1.1 billion in annual revenue for social media giants, according to a damning new report published this week. Anti-vaccine content creates a vast amount of engagement for leading technology platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, with an estimated total social media audience of 62 million people. The arrangement works both ways, with the anti-vax industry earning up to $36million a year.”

New York Times: Far-Right Extremists Move From ‘Stop the Steal’ to Stop the Vaccine

New York Times: Far-Right Extremists Move From ‘Stop the Steal’ to Stop the Vaccine. “If the so-called Stop the Steal movement appeared to be chasing a lost cause once President Biden was inaugurated, its supporters among extremist organizations are now adopting a new agenda from the anti-vaccination campaign to try to undermine the government. Bashing of the safety and efficacy of vaccines is occurring in chat rooms frequented by all manner of right-wing groups including the Proud Boys; the Boogaloo movement, a loose affiliation known for wanting to spark a second Civil War; and various paramilitary organizations.”

Washington Post: Massive Facebook study on users’ doubt in vaccines finds a small group appears to play a big role in pushing the skepticism

Washington Post: Massive Facebook study on users’ doubt in vaccines finds a small group appears to play a big role in pushing the skepticism. “The company’s data scientists divided the company’s U.S. users, groups and pages into 638 population segments to explore which types of groups hold vaccine hesitant beliefs. The document did not identify how Facebook defined a segment or grouped communities, but noted that the segments could be at least 3 million people. Some of the early findings are notable: Just 10 out of the 638 population segments contained 50 percent of all vaccine hesitancy content on the platform. And in the population segment with the most vaccine hesitancy, just 111 users contributed half of all vaccine hesitant content.”

PsyPost: Study suggests that the modern anti-vaccine movement is shaped by Christian nationalist ideology

PsyPost: Study suggests that the modern anti-vaccine movement is shaped by Christian nationalist ideology. “New findings suggest that the contemporary anti-vaccine movement — also known as the anti-vaxx movement — is characterized by religious exclusivism. The study found that Christian nationalism was the second best predictor of anti-vaccine attitudes among Americans. The findings were published in Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World.”

Vox Recode: Facebook is finally cracking down hard on anti-vaccine content. It is facing an uphill battle.

Vox Recode: Facebook is finally cracking down hard on anti-vaccine content. It is facing an uphill battle.. “Facebook’s big push is meant to help bring an end to a pandemic that has killed more than 2.5 million people around the world. But for some of the people who have for years been sounding the alarm about the dangers of anti-vaccine groups and pages on Facebook and Instagram, the announcement — even if it’s a step forward — feels like too little, too late.”

Clubhouse Conspiracy: How The Popular App Became A Haven For Anti-Vaxxers (Refinery 29)

Refinery 29: Clubhouse Conspiracy: How The Popular App Became A Haven For Anti-Vaxxers. “Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, a board-certified internal medicine physician, founded a club on the app called All Things Covid last month. Since then, it has grown to almost 25,000 members due in part to weekly Q&A with expert clinicians and scientists answering any and all questions about coronavirus. In these discussions, Ungerleider said that she and fellow physicians occasionally encounter audience members who are anti-vaccine.”

The Guardian: Vaccine scepticism is as old as vaccines themselves. Here’s how to tackle it

The Guardian: Vaccine scepticism is as old as vaccines themselves. Here’s how to tackle it. “Nineteenth-century doctors tried to maintain boundaries between scientific journalism and the media, but were unable to prevent the public and journalistic demand for health information. That desire remains with us today. The flow of medical knowledge works best when researchers, journalists and the public are better connected and considerate of one another. Preventing misinformation is a shared responsibility.”

The University of Washington Daily: iSchool misinformation research reveals anti-vax communities growing on social media

The University of Washington Daily: iSchool misinformation research reveals anti-vax communities growing on social media. “Kolina Koltai, a postdoctoral scholar at the iSchool’s Center for an Informed Public, conducts research with a focus on the social media anti-vaccine movement and the role online communities play in facilitating these conversations. According to Koltai, since the introduction of various COVID-19 vaccines, there has been an increase in activity in anti-vax communities, as well as the emergence of a new vaccine hesitancy in the general population.”

Vanity Fair: COVID Anti-Vaxxers Are Taking Their Wild Conspiracies Into the Real World

Vanity Fair: COVID Anti-Vaxxers Are Taking Their Wild Conspiracies Into the Real World. “With COVID-19 vaccines finally being administered to the general public, the end of America’s hellish pandemic year is finally in sight. But the country’s anti-vaccine hordes are saying not so fast, claiming that the lifesaving injections are actually part of a scheme hatched by Bill Gates and Satan himself.”

Politico: Social media hasn’t stopped anti-vaxxers. Now docs are fighting back.

Politico: Social media hasn’t stopped anti-vaxxers. Now docs are fighting back.. “Doctors and nurses trying to build confidence in Covid-19 vaccines on social media are mounting coordinated campaigns to combat anti-vaccination forces prevalent on those platforms. At the same time, public health groups are mobilizing a global network of vaccine advocates to come to their aid when they are attacked online by activists, who closely monitor certain hashtags and keywords. The groups use monitoring software to swiftly identify online attacks, then tap their networks to flood social media posts with supportive messages countering vaccine opponents.”