The UK Government is seriously considering new legislation that would ban all negative information about vaccines, or what they describe as ‘anti-vaccine’ posts.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said Internet companies like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have a ‘Duty of care’ and if they won’t censor such material, then legislation would.
The Independent reports:
Disinformation campaigns from the controversial anti-vax movement have plagued social media firms in recent years, with Facebook among those blamed for helping fuel the misguided belief in scientifically disproven claims that vaccinations are harmful and can cause autism.
The issue has become so severe that several vaccine-preventable diseases like measles have seen outbreaks in areas where they were previously almost eliminated.
The Independent bizarrely goes onto use Charlie Sheen as an example of high profile faces of the anti-vaccine movement, which is a ridiculous example to use, but of course they were never going to use someone like Del Bigtree who provides factual information on the problems surrounding Vaccines.
With the current situation regarding the Covid19 coronavirus this latest move is particularly worrying. Matt Hancock has also previously said that he ‘Wouldn’t rule out mandatory vaccines’.
We’ll keep you posted as this develops.