Facebook Will Remove Posts Connecting COVID-19 Vaccine To Autism

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Facebook said that it will be taking steps to remove posts concerning information questioning the severity of COVID-19 and the vaccinations.

The social media company stated Monday that it will be removing posts that state the vaccine causes autism, according to Forbes.

BIELEFELD, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: A pharmacist prepares a vaccine dose against COVID-19 at a just-opened vaccine center during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic on February 08, 2021 in Bielefeld, Germany. The 53 vaccine centers across North Rhine-Westphalia are opening their doors today to administer vaccines, mostly for people over 80 years old. Germany has experienced a hampered vaccine rollout due to production setbacks for all three of the vaccine so far approved in the European Union. (Photo by Thomas F. Starke/Getty Images)

BIELEFELD, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 08: A pharmacist prepares a vaccine dose against COVID-19 (Photo by Thomas F. Starke/Getty Images)

“We’re working to remove COVID-19 content that contributes to the risk of real-world harm, including through our policies prohibiting coordination of harm, sale of medical masks and related goods, hate speech, bullying and harassment, and misinformation that contributes to the risk of imminent violence or physical harm,” Facebook stipulated in the Help Center section of its site.

The policy continues, “As the situation evolves, we continue to look at content on the platform, assess speech trends, and engage with experts like the World Health Organization (WHO), government health authorities, and stakeholders from across the spectrum of people who use our service, and we will provide additional policy guidance when appropriate to keep the members of our community safe during this crisis.”(RELATED: Astrazeneca Researchers Developing Modified Vaccine To Combat New Virus Variant)

The social media giant will not only be taking down paid posts—as it has done in the past—but will also be removing entire Facebook pages and groups, according to the New York Times. This marks the site’s most aggressive step to combat what it labels misinformation concerning COVID-19.