Should we criminalize COVID-19 vaccine disinformation?

By Medical News Today - February 26, 2021
  • People who deliberately spread falsehoods about vaccines on social media may deter large numbers from getting vaccinated, costing lives.
  • However, there is divided opinion on whether lawmakers should criminalize such activities in the same way as incitement to violence, for example.
  • Opponents argue that such a move would be counterproductive and breach individuals’ right to freedom of speech.

Since the development of the first vaccine in the late 18th century, vaccination has been an outstanding success story of modern medicine.

Vaccines have protected entire populations from potentially fatal infections, including smallpox, influenzapoliomeasles — and now COVID-19.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 2010–2015 alone, vaccines prevented at least 10 million deaths.


The video below isn’t directly related to the article but contains relevant information about the topic.

Facebook to remove posts containing false information about COVID-19 vaccines
Feb 8, 2021
Sky News Australia
53 sec

Under a new misinformation policy Facebook will ban all harmful and unfounded vaccine claims effective immediately. This comes amid concerns some online groups are fueling the rise of anti-vaxxer rhetoric. The changes will also apply to Instagram.

Tags: coronavirus, Covid-19


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