A Small Group Is Responsible For Vaccine Misinformation


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A study found a majority of false coronavirus vaccine misinformation claims are coming from a group known as the "disinformation dozen."

12 people are producing 65% of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms.

The study, identified nearly 100 accounts that were spreading misinformation across social media. 35 accounts with 5.8 million followers had been shut down. 62 accounts, which have a total of 8.4 million followers, remain open.

The most noteworthy member of the "disinformation dozen" is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Instagram, removed his account, but the social media company did not disable his Facebook account.

"We don't automatically disable accounts across our apps because the accounts may post about different things on our different services," a Facebook spokesperson explained.


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