Majority of anti-vaccine ads on Facebook were funded by two groups - 2019-11-15

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F49.png Majority of anti-vaccine ads on Facebook were funded by two groups November 15, 2019, Lena H. Sun, Washington Post, National Post

The majority of Facebook advertisements spreading misinformation about vaccines were funded by two anti-vaccine groups, including one led by high-profile activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., according to a study published this week.

The World Mercury Project headed by Kennedy and a California-based organization called Stop Mandatory Vaccination bought 54 percent of the anti-vaccine ads on Facebook, the study found.

Researchers said the results surprised them. Much of the anti-vaccine content posted on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter may appear to be organic, grass-roots discussions led by neighbourhood groups and concerned parents, said David Broniatowski, an associate professor of engineering management at George Washington University, and one of the authors of the new study.

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{{cite news | first = Lena H. | last = Sun | title = Majority of anti-vaccine ads on Facebook were funded by two groups | url = https://nationalpost.com/news/world/majority-of-anti-vaccine-ads-on-facebook-were-funded-by-two-groups | work = Washington Post | publisher = National Post | date = November 15, 2019 | accessdate = November 17, 2019 }}