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Facebook and Instagram delete accounts of US anti-vaccine organization

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The parent company of Facebook and Instagram, Meta, has removed from these two platforms the accounts of the influential American anti-vaccine organization Children’s Health Defense (CDH), led by Robert Kennedy Jr, nephew of former President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

We have removed the Instagram and Facebook accounts in question for repeated violations of our COVID-19 policiesAaron Simpson, a spokesperson for Meta, told AFP on Thursday.

HRCwhich criticizes the safety of vaccines against COVID-19, accuses Meta of not respecting his right to freedom of expression, aligning himself with the American health authorities.

Facebook is acting here as a representative of the federal government’s crusade to silence any criticism of the government’s draconian policies.the organization’s founder, Robert Kennedy Jr, said in a statement.

Nephew of the former president assassinated in 1963 and son of a former minister, also assassinated in 1968, he is a major figure in the American anti-vaccine galaxy.

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HRC claims hundreds of thousands of followers on both of his accounts and shared, in his press release, screenshots showing the deletion of these for disinformation.

According to the organization, the ban could be linked to a lawsuit filed by the organization against Meta, for censorship, in federal court.

The YouTube channel of HRC was removed last September.

Meta, which is regularly criticized for spreading disinformation, has been trying since the last US presidential election to move away from political content to focus on exchanges between relatives and communities of interest.

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