Facebook Bans Covid "Wrong Think"
December 3, 2021
No, really, they are. They're your friend, your best buddy, your lifelong companion. They love you so much they're going to protect you from misinformation, lies and mean-spirited propaganda.
Your pal, Facebook, also wants to protect you from pureblood bullies. They will now prohibit any content that encourages people not to get vaxxed.
Facebook is so altruistic, they will now prohibit any content that claims medical or herbal remedies can guarantee recovery from the "virus," as well as content that claims the vaccines are experimental. Isn't that nice of them?
Your new best friends at Facebook say they will now prohibit "Claims that the spike proteins created by the COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous."
Facebook will now prohibit "Claims that being near vaccinated people causes adverse effects on unvaccinated people." Ah, yes. The old "shedding" routine.
Facebook is really going to town with this. They've going to prohibit "Claims that hospitals kill patients in order to inflate the number of COVID-19 deaths, to get more money, or in order to sell people's organs."
Facebook has your back. They say they will allow claims that express personal experiences, but only if those experiences don't promote harmful actions. So don't worry about all those people who claim their father, mother, son, daughter, wife or husband became seriously ill from the jab. Facebook won't allow them to post!
I don't know about you, but based on all this, I'm a Facebook customer for life. Hurray for Facebook! Mark Zuckerberg for president! Yippee!
Under our Coordinating Harm policy , we prohibit content that:
Coordinates, depicts, admits to, or promotes the active and deliberate spread of communicable diseases by you or your associates.
When we have additional information and/or context to identify it, we also prohibit:
Content coordinating in-person events or gatherings when participation involves or encourages people who have COVID-19 to join.
Content coordinating interference with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Content calling to action, advocating, or promoting that others not get the COVID-19 vaccine. ...
Claims that deny the existence of the COVID-19 disease or pandemic
Claims that downplay the severity of COVID-19, such as:
Claims that COVID-19 is no more dangerous to people than the common flu or cold
Claims that no one has died from COVID-19
Claims that the mortality rate of COVID-19 is the same or lower than seasonal influenza
Claims that getting a flu shot or flu vaccine is more likely to kill you than COVID-19
Claims that the number of COVID-19 caused deaths are much lower than the official figure (requires additional information and/or context)
Claims about the cause of COVID-19 that are linked to 5G communication technologies, such as:
Claims that COVID-19 social distancing orders are really just a way to install 5G wireless communication technology infrastructure
Claims that the symptoms of COVID-19 are actually the effect of 5G communication technologies
Ex: "No one has died from COVID-19," "Social distancing orders are really just a way to install 5G infrastructure," "COVID-19 is not real!"
Claims that any group is immune or cannot die from COVID-19 or that a specific activity or treatment results in immunity
Claims that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through the air, in certain climates, weather conditions, or locations
Claims that COVID-19 can be transmitted from anything other than human-to-human transmission, such as:
Claims that COVID-19 is the cause of or transmitted by 5G technologies
Claims that COVID-19 is transmitted by the flu shot or flu vaccine, or that getting the flu vaccine or shot makes people more susceptible/likely to get COVID-19
Claims that COVID-19 is transmitted by house flies or mosquitoes
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines are the cause of or infect people with COVID-19
Ex: "Elderly people are immune from COVID-19," "COVID-19 cannot be transmitted in tropical climates," "the COVID-19 vaccine causes COVID-19!"
Guaranteed cures or prevention methods for COVID-19: Public health authorities, such as the WHO, say there is currently nothing that can guarantee recovery or guarantee the average person will not get COVID-19. We have also heard from public health authorities that if people thought there was a guaranteed cure or prevention for COVID-19, that could lead them to take incorrect safety measures, ignore appropriate health guidance, or even attempt harmful self-medication. This is why we don't allow false claims about how to cure or prevent COVID-19. This includes:
Claims that for the average person, something can guarantee prevention from getting COVID-19 or can guarantee recovery from COVID-19 before such a cure or prevention has been approved, including:
Consuming or inhaling specific items
Medical or herbal remedies
External remedies for the outer body or skin
Ex: "Take Vitamin C - it cures COVID-19," "If you take this herbal remedy, you will not get COVID-19," "This topical cream will prevent you from contracting coronavirus."
Discouraging good health practices: There are a number of good health practices public health authorities advise people take to protect themselves from getting or spreading COVID-19. This includes wearing a face mask, social distancing, getting tested for COVID-19 and, more recently, getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Public health authorities have issued emergency use authorization for several COVID-19 vaccines, so in addition to false claims about face masks, social distancing and testing, we do not allow false claims about the vaccines or vaccination programs which public health experts have advised us could lead to COVID-19 vaccine rejection. This includes false claims about the safety, efficacy, ingredients, development, existence, or conspiracies related to the vaccine or vaccination program. As more information becomes available about COVID-19 vaccines, we will continue to iterate on how we apply this policy. This includes:
Claims about wearing a face mask, including:
Claims that wearing a face mask does not help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Claims that face masks include or are connected to 5G technology or that face masks contain harmful nano worms or harmful particles
Claims that wearing a face mask can make the wearer ill
Claims that health authorities do not recommend that healthy people wear masks where this is not the current public health guidance (requires additional information and/or context).
Claims that social/physical distancing does not help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Claims that can discourage someone from getting a government approved COVID-19 test, including:
Claims that COVID-19 can be successfully tested without an approved test
Claims that COVID-19 tests actually come pre-infected or can infect you with COVID-19
Claims that COVID-19 tests approved by public health authorities cannot detect COVID-19 or that PCR tests cannot distinguish between COVID and the flu
Claims that COVID-19 tests cause cancer
Claims that COVID-19 tests contain harmful nano-particles or nano-worms
Claims that COVID-19 tests are being used to harvest people's DNA
Claims about COVID-19 vaccines that contribute to vaccine rejection, including:
Claims about the availability or existence of COVID-19 vaccines, specifically:
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines do not exist or have not been approved
Claims that there are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved COVID-19 vaccines or that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has not received full FDA approval (does not apply to claims about the vaccine for children aged 5-15, which is under emergency use authorization)
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines are not approved by the FDA if that content also suggests the vaccines are unsafe, ineffective, experimental, or have not been appropriately tested. Otherwise, we will allow claims that the FDA has not approved the vaccine, or make a clear distinction between a full
Claims that something other than a COVID-19 vaccine can vaccinate you against COVID-19
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines are experimental, if the context of the claim also suggests that vaccinated people are taking part in a medical experiment.
Claims about the safety or serious side effects of COVID-19 vaccines, including:
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill or seriously harm people, which we define as leading to any of the following harmful side effects:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
COVID-19 or a new COVID-19 strain
Infertility or sterilization
Blood clots (except in relation to specific vaccines for which public health authorities have found possible links or are officially investigating such reports)
Other side-effects which are impossible or irrational, such as taking the vaccine turns you into a monkey (requires additional information and/or context).
Claims that the spike proteins created by the COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous / cytotoxic.
Claims that building immunity by getting COVID-19 is safer than getting the vaccine
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe generally, or for a certain specific group of people, if that group is identified based on protected characteristics or other identifiers not directly related to their personal health, age, or disabilities (e.g. social status, religion, or political views), or that vaccines are unsafe for menstruating women.
Claims that being near vaccinated people causes adverse effects on unvaccinated people
Claims about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, including:
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines do not provide any immunity to people
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines are not effective in preventing COVID-19
Claims that people who are vaccinated are more at risk for getting sick with COVID than people who are unvaccinated
Claims about how the COVID-19 vaccine was developed or its ingredients, including:
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines contain toxic, prohibited, or harmful ingredients, microchips, animal products, or anything not on the vaccine ingredient list
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines are untested
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines contain the mark of the beast
Claims that people died as a result of the COVID-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine during clinical trials (Note - We allow claims that people died during the COVID-19 Pfizer/BioNTech clinical trials) (requires additional information and/or context).
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines contain, or were developed, produced or designed from/with human tissue from aborted fetuses / aborted fetal tissue.
Claims involving conspiracy theories about a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccination program, including:
Claims that COVID-19 vaccines are designed to or were developed in order to control a population for non-public health purposes
Claims that specific populations are being used or targeted in order to test the true safety or efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine
Claims that vaccines are the reason behind the emergence of COVID variants
Claims that misrepresent the access, availability, or eligibility of health services, such as hospitals, emergency responders, ambulance response, treatments, vaccines.
Claims that hospitals or a specific hospital is closed and will not permit infected people.
Claims that only certain people are allowed to receive medical care for COVID-19.
Claims that hospitals kill patients in order to inflate the number of COVID-19 deaths, to get more money, or in order to sell people's organs
Ex: "Hospitals kill patients to increase their COVID numbers and get more money!"
Similarly, for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, we remove content that repeats other false health information, primarily about vaccines, that are widely debunked by leading health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of this policy is to combat misinformation about vaccinations and diseases, which if believed could result in reduced vaccinations and harm public health and safety. The claims we have applied this to include:
Vaccines cause autism
Ex: "Increased vaccinations are why so many kids have autism these days."
Vaccines cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Ex: "Don't you know vaccines cause SIDS?"
Vaccines cause the disease against which they are meant to protect, or cause the person to be more likely to get the disease
Ex: "Taking a vaccine actually makes you more likely to get the disease since there's a strain of the disease inside. Beware!"
Vaccines or their ingredients are deadly, toxic, poisonous, harmful, or dangerous
Ex: "Sure, you can take vaccines, if you don't mind putting poison in your body."
Natural immunity is safer than vaccine acquired immunity
Ex: "It's safest to just get the disease rather than the vaccine."
It is dangerous to get several vaccines in a short period of time, even if that timing is medically recommended
Ex: "Never take more than one vaccine at the same time, that is dangerous - I don't care what your doctor tells you!"
Vaccines are not effective to prevent the disease against which they purport to protect
Ex: "Vaccines actually don't do anything to stop you from getting the disease."
Acquiring measles cannot cause death (requires additional information and/or context)
Ex: "Don't worry about whether you get measles, it can't be fatal"
Vitamin C is as effective as vaccines in preventing diseases for which vaccines exist.
Pages, Groups, profiles, and Instagram accounts that repeatedly post misinformation or coordinate harm (see Coordinating Harm policies at the top of this entry) related to COVID-19, vaccines, and health may face restrictions, including (but not limited to) reduced distribution, removal from recommendations, or removal from our site. On Instagram, accounts that repeatedly post content that violates our policies on COVID-19 or vaccine misinformation may also lose the ability to be tagged or mentioned, or may see pop-ups asking if they'd like to delete certain posts that may violate our policies.