Facebook to crack down on ads that discourage vaccines

The social media giant, however, stopped short of banning anti-vax content.

The post added that while they already don’t allow ads featuring vaccine hoaxes, “Now, if an ad explicitly discourages someone from getting a vaccine, we’ll reject it.”

Moreover, the social media giant announced the launch of a new campaign to provide information about flu vaccines to users, and pledged to work with “global health partners on campaigns to

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Facebook bans ads discouraging vaccines

Facebook on Tuesday announced a ban on ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated, in light of the coronavirus pandemic which the social media giant said has “highlighted the importance of preventive health behaviors.”

“While public health experts agree that we won’t have an approved and widely available Covid-19 vaccine for some time, there are steps that people can take to stay healthy and safe,” the company said in a statement.

The platform has already banned disinformation and scams as identified by public health institutions like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

It will continue to allow advertisements either pushing for or against government regulations linked to vaccinations.

And it plans to launch a public information campaign in the United States pushing for people to get vaccinated against seasonal flu.

Coronavirus vaccines are expected to be key to moving beyond the pandemic

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Facebook says it will finally ban anti-vaccination ads

  • Facebook said Tuesday it is launching a new global policy that bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccines.
  • The company previously had a policy against vaccine hoaxes that were publicly identified by global health organizations. 
  • Facebook will still allow ads that advocate for or against legislation of government policies around vaccines, including the Covid-19 vaccine. 



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Facebook’s new campaign for flu shots.

Facebook said Tuesday it is launching a new global policy that bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccines. The company previously had a policy against vaccine hoaxes that were publicly identified by global health organizations. 

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“Now, if an ad explicitly discourages someone from getting a vaccine, we’ll reject it,” the company’s head of health, Kang-Xing Jin, and its director of product management, Rob Leathern, said in a blog post Tuesday. 

The new ban comes amid a series of policy changes announced

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Facebook says it will ban anti-vaccination ads

Facebook said Tuesday it is launching a new global policy that bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccines. The company previously did have a policy against vaccine hoaxes that were publicly identified by global health organizations. 

“Now, if an ad explicitly discourages someone from getting a vaccine, we’ll reject it,” the company’s Head of Health Kang-Xing Jin and Director of Product Management Rob Leathern said in a blog post Tuesday. 

The new ban comes amid a series of policy changes announced by the company to rid its social networks of problematic content it had previously been hesitant to remove. This includes a ban on Holocaust denialism announced earlier this week, a ban on pages and groups espousing the QAnon conspiracy theory last week, a temporary ban on political ads following the Nov. 3 U.S. election, a ban last month on any ads that seek to delegitimize the results of

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Facebook, Twitter Block Post Claiming COVID Is Less Deadly Than Flu

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter have blocked a post from President Donald Trump on Tuesday falsely claiming COVID-19 is less deadly than the flu. Facebook has removed the post, while Twitter has added a message saying it broke the rules on “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.” 

“We remove incorrect information about the severity of COVID-19,” a Facebook spokesperson told Reuters.

Trump, who is currently recovering from the virus, posted the controversial tweet early in the day.

“Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” Trump tweeted.

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control, 22,000 deaths were linked to the

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Being authentic on Facebook is better for you, researchers say

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a hand holding a cellphone: One tension that social media users face is whether to present themselves in a way that's idealized or in a way that's authentic.


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One tension that social media users face is whether to present themselves in a way that’s idealized or in a way that’s authentic.

Whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or TikTok, many people make huge efforts to curate the best version of themselves online.

But it might be better for your mental health not to craft an idealized view of yourself when using social media, according to a new study published Tuesday in Nature Communications.

There are psychological benefits associated with being authentic when it comes to Facebook posts and likes, a team of US researchers at New York’s Columbia Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago found.

“Being prompted to post in an authentic way was associated with more positive mood and affect, and less negative mood within participants,” the study said.

“Our

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Facebook removes Trump post comparing COVID-19 to flu

Facebook removed a post Tuesday from President TrumpDonald John TrumpState Department revokes visa of Giuliani-linked Ukrainian ally: report White House Gift Shop selling ‘Trump Defeats COVID’ commemorative coin Biden says he should not have called Trump a clown in first debate MORE falsely claiming that the flu is more lethal than COVID-19.

“Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu,” he wrote in the post. “Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”

CNN first reported the takedown.

More than 209,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 this year, more than in the past five flu seasons combined.

The annual flu death total has been between 12,000 and 61,000 since 2010, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.

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Leaders From Facebook, YouTube, Best Buy, Verizon Media And More Weigh In

By Kelly Greenwood

My first grade son is already learning about mental health and wellbeing—as evidenced by his recent (at home) schoolwork.  If today’s employees had had this same early exposure, workplaces would be much more mentally healthy, authentic, and better equipped to provide support during these trying times. 

This year’s World Mental Health Day campaign for “increased investment in mental health” is more important than ever. It’s never too late to learn, whether you’re in first grade like my son or a CEO. For this piece, top business leaders and experts shared their lessons, inspiration and advice on three important questions about workplace mental health. All of them will be speaking at the virtual Make A Difference Summit US in association with Mind Share Partners

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Taraji P. Henson to host mental health series for Facebook Watch

Taraji P. Henson is set to host a show about mental health on Facebook Watch.



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The ‘Empire’ star will be the face of a brand new series titled ‘Peace of Mind with Taraji’, which will be co-hosted by the actress and Tracie Jade Jenkins, who is the executive director of the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, which was set up by Taraji to help end the stigma around mental health.

According to Deadline, Taraji and Tracie will use the series to dive into issues of mental health, particularly those affecting the Black community, and will interviews experts, celebrities, and everyday people.

The hosts will also show viewers how to show support and combat stigma surrounding the treatment of mental health issues.

Taraji – who named the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation after her late father – said in a statement: “I’ve long been a mental health

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Taraji P. Henson Hosting New Talk Show About Mental Health for Facebook Watch

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Taraji P. Henson is adding “talk-show host” to her already extensive resume.

The actress is set to host a new Facebook Watch series that will focus on the importance of mental health, the platform announced Monday.

Henson will co-host alongside her longtime friend Tracie Jade Jenkins, and together the two will discuss mental health issues — particularly those in the Black community — with celebrities, experts and everyday people. Each episode will focus on a different mental health topic.

The show is currently called Peace of Mind With Taraji and will begin production later this year.

“I’ve long been a mental health advocate for the Black community and created the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in 2018 that has provided resources to thousands of people who are struggling,” Henson said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to bringing this new talk series to Facebook Watch, where I can continue

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