Anti-vaxxers ramp up censorship campaign.

Supporters of the Australian Vaccination Network have increased their efforts to suppress critics by abusing Facebook’s “Report Abuse” feature.

Anti-vaccination activists are well known for their attempts to censor the voices of their critics. Their tactics to silence critics include:

  1. False DMCA reports.
  2. False reporting of critics websites to anti-virus vendors.
  3. Threatening Politicians.
  4. Harassing, abusing, vilifying Grieving Families.
  5. Seeking Court orders to silence their critics.
  6. Abusing Facebooks report feature to get critics banned.
  7. Advocating the use of violence against critics.
  8. Calling their critics terrorists. 

Recently #6 has made a comeback with several critics receiving multiple 12 hour bans from Facebook. Even for mundane comments such as this.

It’s clear that these people are simply reporting everything and anything in order to get their critics removed from Facebook. They have even set up a page to brag about their latest censorship campaign.

This is not the first time AVN supporters have engaged in these tactics. I wrote more extensively about their first round of abuse Here. I have no doubt that this abusive organisation will continue to do whatever it can to silence criticism. But rest assured we will all still be here fighting to close the bastards down.

2 thoughts on “Anti-vaxxers ramp up censorship campaign.

  1. Liz Ditz

    The tactic reared its ugly head again.

    A new banning just took place. There’s a Facebook page called “The Antivaccine Wall of Shame” (AVWOS) It has been taken down. Allison Hagood (one of the co-authors of ‘Your Baby’s Best Shot”) has banned from Facebook for 7 days.

    Here the message that Allison received from Facebook, relative to AVWOS

    “The group “Anti Vax Wall of Shame” has been removed because it violated our Terms of Use. Among other things, groups that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down groups that attack an individual or group, or advertise a product or service. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in your account being disabled.

    Here is Allison’s reply to Facebook:

    There is nothing hateful, threatening, or obscene about the group "Anti Vax Wall of Shame." The fact that you have removed this indicates that you have been receiving fraudulent reports from the anti-vaccine movement, who are on record as coordinating and planning massive campaigns of such fraudulent reports in an attempt to censor those of us who recognize established science in this area. Several stories have been written about these campaigns:

    (she then gives the URLs for this post and others, which I need not give here to avoid moderation).

    By removing this group, and giving the administrators of this group bans, you are actively participating in the censorship of science and rational thought, and pandering to the perpetrators of censorship and fraud.

    It is frustrating.

    Reply
  2. Liz Ditz

    The tactic reared its ugly head again.

    A new banning just took place. There’s a Facebook page called “The Antivaccine Wall of Shame” (AVWOS) It has been taken down. Allison Hagood (one of the co-authors of ‘Your Baby’s Best Shot”) has banned from Facebook for 7 days.

    Here the message that Allison received from Facebook, relative to AVWOS

    “The group “Anti Vax Wall of Shame” has been removed because it violated our Terms of Use. Among other things, groups that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down groups that attack an individual or group, or advertise a product or service. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in your account being disabled.

    Here is Allison’s reply to Facebook:

    There is nothing hateful, threatening, or obscene about the group "Anti Vax Wall of Shame." The fact that you have removed this indicates that you have been receiving fraudulent reports from the anti-vaccine movement, who are on record as coordinating and planning massive campaigns of such fraudulent reports in an attempt to censor those of us who recognize established science in this area. Several stories have been written about these campaigns:

    (she then gives the URLs for this post and others, which I need not give here to avoid moderation).

    By removing this group, and giving the administrators of this group bans, you are actively participating in the censorship of science and rational thought, and pandering to the perpetrators of censorship and fraud.

    It is frustrating.

    Reply

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