Facebook Is Helping Violent Militias Spread COVID Vaccine Conspiracies - 2021-08-17
Violent militia groups have become some of the biggest spreaders of vaccine misinformation on Facebook, and now those groups are using the platform to boost their online followings and urge their new followers to engage in violent, real-world protests.
These are the findings of a new report called "Facebook's New Toxic Stew: Militia Groups and Vaccine Conspiracies" from the Tech Transparency Project (TTP), a nonprofit that aims to hold Big Tech accountable for its failings. The report was shared exclusively with VICE News ahead of its publication Tuesday.
By leveraging the fear and anxiety about COVID-19 and the pandemic, militia groups like the Three Percenters are reaching new audiences that would previously have had little or nothing to do with them.