Greg Hunt says door is open to ‘lies and fiction’ ahead of vaccine rollout
Director Catherine Hughes said the foundation was “not really a media company”.
“For this to happen at a time when we are literally on the verge of rolling out COVID vaccination, it almost seems like Facebook is having an impact on our COVID vaccine rollout, which is just amazing,” she said. declared.
“We have remained completely in the dark. There is no message on our page telling us what is going on. All of the content on our page that we had spent hours programming has been completely removed.
In contrast, a prominent anti-vaccination page remained fully functional. Other fake news pages, including those sharing articles on the far-right conspiracy, were also still active, according to Gizmodo.
Suppressing legitimate sources of information during a pandemic has left room for unreliable information, conspiracy theories and clickbait to fill this gap, Dr Khorshid said.
“This is extremely irresponsible and dangerous behavior on the part of one of the largest organizations in the world,” he said.
Professor Julie Leask, a vaccine expert at the University of Sydney, said the timing of Facebook’s mass block “couldn’t be worse”.
“Three days before the deployment of our COVID-19 vaccine, Australians using Facebook as their primary source of information can no longer access credible immunization information from news outlets and from some government pages and health organizations public, ”she said.
“This is the very time we count on people to easily access vaccine information, from their preferred platform.”
Science and Technology Australia was among several health science organizations whose Facebook pages went bare Thursday evening.
STA chief executive Misha Schubert said without reliable scientific evidence available on the platform, disinformation could seep out.
“It is crucial, especially in the midst of a pandemic and bushfire season, that Australians can access expert advice from trusted scientific organizations across the country,” said Ms Schubert.
The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, which conducts key research on COVID-19, has had its Facebook page removed from its posts, along with the Burnet Institute.
Burnet CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC said: “Any sudden change in the flow of quality health information at any time, but especially in the midst of a health crisis, is deeply contrary to the ethical and harmful. It must be greeted with the sustained contempt it deserves.