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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.