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Facebook finally blocks an anti-vaccine hashtag | Digital Trends Spanish

On Facebook they believe that it is better late than never and that is why they have finally blocked the hashtag #vaccinekills (vaccines kill, in Spanish).

This measure of the social network comes after having been involved in a discussion with Joe Biden, president of the United States, who accused them of helping to spread false information about COVID-19 and that it translates into more people getting sick and dying.

Facebook distanced itself from these accusations and assured that if vaccination goals were not reached in the US, it was not the fault of the social network helping to expose misinformation about vaccines. However, since CNN report that, until a few days ago, it was very easy to find false information regarding vaccination on Facebook, thanks to the aforementioned hashtag.

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Later and after consulting Facebook directly, the company proceeded to block the hashtag, so it now hides and makes it more difficult to find pages and posts full of conspiracy about COVID-19.

From CNN they also point out that this measure comes two years after Instagram did the same, before the pandemic occurred. Therefore, this would reveal that Facebook in particular is not actively monitoring what users post.

And that without considering the case of other languages, such as Spanish. A quick search on Facebook reveals that it is very easy to find pages and posts full of misinformation about COVID-19, thanks to some hashtags that cast doubt on the effectiveness of vaccines.

These posts also include written words replacing, in certain words, some letters with numbers, which allows them to bypass some of the rules of the platform. Therefore, it is clear that the actions that Facebook takes to prevent people from posting lies have to be much more effective.

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