Facebook(NASDAQ: FB) under pressure into halt rise Of anti-vaccination groupsThe Guardian #Anti_VaccinationFebruary 12, 2019
Vitamin C Against Vaccine Damage claims that large doses of the vitamin can “heal” people from vaccine damage,even though vaccines are safe.
As concern grows about measles outbreaks in the US, the spotlight is increasingly falling on the closed anti-vaccination Facebook groups.
Yet anyone allowed into this closed group of about 49,000 approved members will find ample material questioning the safety of vaccines.
Revitalize Wellness carries a disclaimer saying that its products are “not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent disease”.
But in conversation with members of her closed Facebook group, Gironda gives the opposite advice.
Gironda is also listed as an administrator of a separate Facebook group called Vitamin C Against Vaccine Damage.
After the Guardian contacted Gironda, the status of the group Vitamin C Against Vaccine Damage was changed from closed to secret.
In January a woman posted that she lived “near this big measles outbreak”.
The Guardian put it to Gironda that misinformation about vaccines can put children’s lives at risk and that vitamin C was not an effective alternative.
The group later told the ASA,according to the association’s account of proceedings, that it “targeted users with an interest in parenting”, with the intent to “cause parents some concern before choosing to vaccinate their children”.