A news website has been permanently booted from Facebook after the social media giant accused it of publishing “false information about COVID-19 that could contribute to physical harm” over an article citing United States government information on people who died after receiving the vaccine.
LifeSiteNews reported Tuesday that its Facebook account appears to have been permanently unpublished for violating the social media platform’s community standards on misinformation that “could cause physical harm.”
Facebook says that it removes pages that post content that discourages vaccinations. In justifying the ban, Facebook cited an April 9 article with the headline “COVID vaccines can be deadly for some.”
“Based on input from experts in health communication and related fields,” Facebook says that it is also “taking additional steps amid the pandemic to reduce the distribution of content that does not violate our policies but may present misleading or sensationalized information about vaccines in a way that would be likely to discourage vaccinations …”