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The Atlantic and CNN have called Instagram a “new home” of anti-vaccination, fakes and conspiracy

Although the social network has repeatedly promised to fight this kind of disinformation – for the last time in early March.

Those who oppose vaccines continued to spread disinformation on Instagram, even after the company’s promises to fight this phenomenon. This is stated in the investigation of Taylor Lawrence for the publication of The Atlantic and is confirmedin a CNN review.

  • Lawrence called Instagram “a new home for hate.” The journalist found a variety of anti-vaccination movement profiles like Vaccines Uncovered, Vaccines Exposed, or Vaccine Cautious Mom. She also found hashtags that are gaining popularity on the topic: for example, more than 17,000 publications can be found on #vaccineskill. CNN correspondent confirms this information;
  • According to the observation of publications, “anti-vaccination” content is recommended in the Instagram search bar. For example, the word “vaccines” contains results like “vaccines and autism” or “what actually happens with vaccines.”Journalists concluded that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, helps spread misinformation.;
  • After Lawrence subscribed to the @the_typical_liberal account, she received a number of subscription requests from accounts that are associated with QAnon. This is a conspiracy theory about a “deep state”. The app also offered to subscribe to well-known right-wing activists like Alex Jones ;
  • The Atlantic found an account with memes, where they published five commercials with shooting in New Zealand . By the time this material was written, four videos were still available – and a new one was added to them. At the same time, large social networks have already deleted similar videos;
  • “Instagram is teeming with conspiracy theories, viral misinformation, extremist memes that are networked into accounts with incredible algorithmic reach and millions of the same subscribers — many of whom are very young. These accounts alternate TikTok videos and nostalgic memes with anti-vaccination rhetoric and conspiracy theories. about George Soros and the Clinton family, as well as anecdotes about the murder of women, Jews, Muslims and liberals, ”notes The Atlantic;
  • The Atlantic focuses on the fact that many Instagram users are young and not critical about information, so they tend to believe in conspiracy theories. The publication also noted that teenagers are increasingly using the social network as a source of news;
  • Facebook, which owns Instagram, last announced anti-misinformation on March 7. The company noted that it also stops the spread of fake information about vaccinations. By March 17, the social network announced the removal of more than 1.5 million shooting clips in just a day;
  • After posting The Atlantic and CNN, an Instagram spokesman promised to block the hashtags related to the anti-vaccination movement. They also noted in the social networks that they are trying to ban such profiles, remove “praise and support” addressed to them, and also take measures “against stirring up hatred”.
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