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Facebook Uses Recent Tragedy to Censor and Divide Anti-Vaccinationists

Facebook founder claiming to get his child vaccines despite his child not being old enough to receive his first barrage of routine vaccinations

Facebook is using the widely publicized tragedy of a deceased child to censor anti-vaccine speech and divide anti-vaccinationists and vaccination skeptics. It’s no secret that the founder of Facebook is a major proponent of vaccination. He has even done a photo-op with his infant child purportedly about to receive his first round of shots in a doctor’s office. Facebook is now censoring Autism Investigated after it sought to dispel a rumor that now-deceased toddler Alfie Evans was vaccine-injured and then murdered for a cover-up.

It all started April 25, with a post alleging that the hospital was trying to murder Alfie Evans to cover up a vaccine injury. Even though the profile was private, the post quickly got thousands of likes and shares. Suddenly, the news was all over every anti-vaccine and vaccine skeptic group on Facebook. You couldn’t look at your news feed without seeing post after post about it. People previously on the same page of the polarizing vaccine issue were suddenly shredding each other over a brain-dead toddler.

In response, Autism Investigated wrote a since-updated post that sought to dispel rumors about Alfie Evans being vaccine-injured. Later that day, Autism Investigated suddenly got this message from Facebook:

You’re temporarily restricted from joining and posting to groups that you do not manage until April 29 at 10:39pm.

Instead of contesting the ban, Autism Investigated decided to wait it out while continuing to make updates to the post as new information surfaced. Then the ban was lifted.

So Autism Investigated started to share its latest post about the credential-faking vaccine “safety” chief Paul Offit’s new “award.” Just 20 minutes after the earlier Facebook ban was lifted, Autism Investigated suddenly got this message:

You’re temporarily restricted from joining and posting to groups that you do not manage until May 6 at 11:02pm.

Autism Investigated has repeatedly appealed the ban, to no avail. Why is Facebook censoring Autism Investigated without identifying any community guidelines that were breached? And if Alfie Evans really was murdered by his hospital to hide vaccine injury, why is rabidly pro-vaccine Facebook persistently censoring the one anti-vaccine site saying he wasn’t?

It is hard to imagine any story in recent memory that has divided anti-vaccinationists and vaccination skeptics more than Alfie Evans’ tragedy. That division is exactly what Facebook wants.

Alfie Evans Being Murdered To Deny Vaccine Payout Is False

Alfie Evans, BBC

UPDATE: A previous version of this post accused the Facebook profile primarily spreading the rumor of being a fake profile. Autism Investigated was subsequently contacted by the person behind the profile who confirmed that that was not true. This post has been altered to reflect that fact. Autism Investigated regrets the error and apologizes to the person previously named.

UPDATE II: Autism Investigated has contacted Jackie Fletcher. She confirmed that the compensated child developed the adverse reaction before age two but subsequently died later in life. This article has been rewritten to reflect that fact. Autism Investigated regrets the error and thanks the readers for the new information. Additionally, the article has also been updated to reflect the fact that Alfie Evans has just tragically passed away. May this poor child rest in peace. Deepest condolences to his parents.

The conflict between an English hospital and parents of a terminally ill child named Alfie Evans has captivated anti-vaccinationist and vaccine skeptical communities alike. Posts of outrage adorn such groups, fueling bitter infighting and personal attacks. Origin of the rage is a rumor that the hospital is deliberately killing the child before his second birthday so that his parents could never be eligible for vaccine damage payment. And it was simply untrue.

The parents have yet to even confirm an adverse vaccine reaction in the child. When vaccination causes death, the reaction is often noticed well before.

A good example has been described in BMJ by Jackie Fletcher, founder of JABS and a parent who was compensated by the Vaccine Damage Payment Unit:

During the first week of the new MMR campaign in 1988 an eighteen month old infant was given it, started with severe convulsions and subsequently died during a seizure [later in life]. This child was one of a number of children awarded Government recognition of MMR vaccine-damage through vaccine damage payments following medical assessment of the individual cases.

The child was noticeably damaged by the vaccine, later died because of the vaccine, and then the government compensated for that loss. No such history has surfaced for Alfie Evans.

The hospital did not deliberately murder him to deny his parents vaccine damage compensation. Suggesting so reflects poorly on them too. Who wants to be accused of keeping their child alive for payout? Is that what anti-vaxxers seriously want to imply?

Even though death before age two does make one ineligible, the British government still wouldn’t murder this child for £120,000. They just wouldn’t compensate that much, which already isn’t much.

Regardless, this is a tragic story of a young child whose life was cut way too short.