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Pinterest's radical attempt to stop anti-vaxxer content: Social media site blocks ALL 'vaccination' searches - but users can still find 'vaxx' posts
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6734771/Pinterest-blocks-vaccination-searches-avoid-spreading-misinformation-doesnt-work.html





'Pinterest is taking a stand against the anti-vaxxer movement blamed for fueling US outbreaks of the measles by removing any content advising against shots.

The move by inspiration-oriented social media site has been criticized for broadly blocking any search results for terms like 'vaccination' or 'vaccine.'

But DailyMail.com discovered that even that the seemingly radical measure fails to keep out anti-vaxxer posts, like those promoting a film by disgraced scientist Andrew Wakefield, whose debunked research incorrectly linked shots to autism.

Measles outbreaks have cropped out in 10 US states, sickening at least 127 people and centering around anti-vaxxer 'hotspots.' Misguided theories that vaccines - like the measles, mumps and rubella shot - are dangerous and cause autism spread like wildfire in online communities.

So social media companies find themselves in the crossfire of free speech and dangerous misinformation.

In fact, two recent studies found that about half of all parents are exposed to health misinformation and, alarmingly, that Russian bots have played a significant role in the spread of false information about vaccines in the US via Twitter.

Alarmed by this pattern, Representative Adam Schiff of California, penned a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging him to intervene in the dissemination of vaccine misinformation on the platform of over a billion users.

'The algorithms which power these services are not designed to distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information, and the consequences of that are particularly troubling for public health issues,' Schiff wrote last week.

And a Congressional hearing on the outbreak is schedules for February 27, while a Senate analogue is on the books for March 5.

For its part, Pinterest preempted the current debacle of medical misinformation in 2017.'



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Anti-extremism software to be used to tackle "vaccine disinformation"
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Anti-extremism software to be used to tackle vaccine disinformation
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/21/software-used-against-online-extremists-to-tackle-anti-vaxxers


'Technology used to counter violent messages online from Islamic State and the far right is being adapted to counter the spread of “anti-vax” conspiracy theories.

Moonshot CVE, a company currently working in as many as 28 countries, uses techniques to identify and intervene in the cases of internet users at risk of being radicalised online. Its technology has already been deployed to counter the KKK in the US, Isis and the far right in Europe.

Moonshot’s “redirect method”, which involves the use of online advertising targeted at Google and social media users searching for certain extremism-linked keywords, is now being turned to the problem of “vaccine hesitancy”, identified by the World Health Organization as one of the 10 greatest threats to global health this year. Moonshot’s offices, full of spyholes and reinforced doors, sits behind a nondescript door in the East End of London. Data provided by the company to the Guardian on online searches performed in London for far-right memes and references over a recent four-month period shed light on the effectiveness of the tools being deployed.

They showed that there had been more than 557 searches for the keywords “kill blacks” and a further 126 for “killing blacks”. Other searches included 178 using the key words “14 words” (a reference to a slogan celebrated in far-right circles) and 56 searches for a PDF of the Turner Diaries, a racist and antisemitic novel that is credited with partly inspiring the Oklahoma City bomber and US terrorist Timothy McVeigh.

Vidhya Ramalingam, a specialist on far-right extremism who co-founded the company with Ross Frenett when they met at a counter-extremism thinktank, said employees ranged from software developers and coders to counter-terrorism experts, social workers and mental health professionals.

“We all challenge one another on a daily basis to ensure our methods are ethical, effective and built on evidence from other sectors, while pushing boundaries in our own,” she added.'



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