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.

In a statement issued to, 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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  • I don’t mind people voicing their own opinion, but its on their back if anything happens, they can not blame else one but themselves. only thing nobody can say is, your wrong or your right as this causes conflict. There’s never enough research these days and too many facts gets twisted.


  • Well done. Step in the right direction


  • If vaccinations caused Autism and other illnesses we would all have Autism of some type and most people would be classed as “special needs”


  • This is a responsible act for social media to take.


  • I think that everyone is entitled to voice their opinion. It is up to the individual whether they chose to take the information on board or not.


  • Good first step but they should be banned from posting full stop. These faux celebrities influence way too many people


  • This is a worry. Hopefully people are smart enough to do more research before listing to a b grade celebrity about decisions they make with their own child/children


  • Until a celebrity has a medical degree or scientific backing … why would you listen to them above medical professionals?


  • I think this shows how out of hand the media can get. Anyone can have an opinion without the proper training and knowledge on the subject. Its good they are starting to clamp down. But still plenty more controversial topics around!


  • What are they getting out of this I don’t understand


  • I’m not sure why anyone would listen to the opinion or advice of celebrities!


  • If vaccinations caused autism, wouldn’t we all be autistic? I had all mine, my husband had all his and all our 3 kids have had theirs and there is nothing wrong with us


  • A step in the right direction! They should also be required to help nurse an unvaccinated child to see what really happens when you choose to allow a child to be unvaccinated.


  • an interesting article


  • I do not follow any of these people and get my information and education from scientifically proven sources.

    • Agree with you, I dont know why people listen solely to celebrities on issues like these

      • Thank you – it really is quite puzzling! Surely people want qualified people to give them proven information.


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