Facebook steps up vaccine misinfo efforts. Will it work?

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(AP) — Facebook says it’s going all in to block the spread of bogus vaccine claims.

In practice, that means the social network plans to ban a new bunch of false claims in addition to the old bunch of false claims about vaccines or COVID-19. Among Facebook’s new targets: claims include that vaccines aren’t effective or that they’re toxic, dangerous or cause autism, all of which have been thoroughly debunked.

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The platform had already prohibited users from spreading falsehoods such as: masks are ineffective; vaccines cause infertility; vaccines contain tracking microchips; and vaccines don’t actually exist.