Despite Promises, Facebook's Instagram Is Still Spreading Anti-Vaccine Disinformation

“It’s been almost a year since Instagram pledged to reduce the spread of vaccine-related misinformation on its platform. But today, it continues to do the exact opposite,” reports the Huffington Post:

When HuffPost created a new Instagram account and searched for the term “vaccines” on Saturday, almost all of the top results were anti-vax pages… At the very top was a profile with more than 74,000 followers and posts pushing blatant falsehoods about vaccines and the Wuhan coronavirus. As soon as HuffPost followed that account, Instagram recommended dozens more that, just like it, were promoting dangerous medical misinformation amid a global health emergency.

  • With its 1 billion users, the role that Facebook-owned Instagram plays in shaping public discourse is not easily understated…