Facebook and Instagram delete accounts of US anti-vaccine organization

Facebook and Instagram delete accounts of US anti-vaccine organization



The parent company of Facebook and Instagram, Meta, has removed from these two platforms the accounts of the influential American anti-vaccine organization Children's Health Defense (CDH), led by Robert Kennedy Jr., nephew of former President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. 

“We have deleted the Instagram and Facebook accounts in question for repeated violations of our COVID-19 policies,” Aaron Simpson, a spokesperson for Meta, told AFP on Thursday.

CDH, which criticizes the safety of vaccines against COVID-19, accuses Meta of not respecting his right to freedom of expression, aligning himself with American health authorities.

“Facebook is acting here as a representative of the federal government's crusade to silence any criticism of the government's draconian policies,” the organization's founder, Robert Kennedy Jr., said in a statement.

Nephew of the former president assassinated in 1963 and son of a former minister, also assassinated in 1968, he is a major figure in the American anti-vaccine galaxy.

CDH claims “hundreds of thousands” of followers on both of these accounts and shared screenshots in its statement showing the removal of these accounts for “misinformation”.

According to CDH, the ban may be related to a lawsuit filed by the organization against Meta, for censorship, before federal justice.

The YouTube channel of CDH had been deleted last September.

Meta, who is seen regularly blame for spreading misinformation, has been trying since the last US presidential election to walk away political content to focus on exchanges between relatives and communities of interest.