Anti-Vaxxers Are Cozying Up to the Far Right Online - 2019-03-02
As anti-vax spreads into the internet's fringes, it mingles with other far-right conspiracy theories.
Natural News, a right-wing conspiracy site with 2.9 million likes on Facebook, is one of the primary sources of anti-vaxxer content, according to The Atlantic. A recent anti-abortion article on Natural News accuses "the political Left in America" of advocating for child murder, and warns that government "vaccine enforcer" teams are about to start vaccinating children at gunpoint. In a 10,000-member Facebook group for those who believe certain people (usually blonde or red-headed) are a superior race unrelated to the rest of humanity, members offered a series of arguments against vaccination, including the claim that vaccinations constitute race-mixing.
But entryist techniques aren't entirely to blame for the anti-vax movement's right-wing streak. A pair of recent studies suggests anti-vaxxers tend to hold worldviews compatible with right-wing populism.