Two big social media influencers have had restrictions put on their Instagram accounts for spreading anti-vaxxer messages.
The wives of two Rugby league players have been put on notice!
Taylor Winterstein, wife of new Penrith Panther recruit Frank Winterstein, and Shanelle Cartwright who is married to Gold Coast Titans player Bryce Cartwright, have reportedly been caught up in the move by Facebook and Instagram’s policy to clamp down on harmful misinformation around vaccines.
According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Instagram has taken action against both women, ensuring they cannot post permanently on their feeds. The women’s accounts can reportedly only post on a temporary feed which disappears after 24 hours.
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In a statement issued to news.com.au, an Instagram spokesperson said the company is working to remove “vaccine hoaxes”.
“As part of our work to address health-related misinformation on Instagram, we’re exploring ways to reduce the distribution of vaccine misinformation,” they said.
“We are relying on the work of leading global health organisations, such as the World Health Organisation, which have publicly identified verifiable vaccine hoaxes. If these vaccine hoaxes appear on our platforms, we will take action against them.”
Both Facebook and Instagram are exploring ways to minimise the spread of such disinformation via measures like blocking hashtags, and removing sensitive subjects from its “Suggest for you” and search functions.
“We will reduce the ranking of groups and Pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations in News Feed and Search,” Facebook said when it announced the new rules on March 7.
“We are exploring ways to share educational information about vaccines when people come across misinformation on this topic.”
Pinterest and YouTube are also actively working to prevent misinformation regarding the effectiveness and safety of vaccinations. Read more on that here.
So good to hear! We recently shared our concerns over this matter, “The Real Danger of Influencers Making Crazy Claims”
Pete Evans has also been caught up in the antivaxx movement with the medical assoc telling him he should stick with cooking!
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