Anti-vaccine groups changing into dance parties’ on Facebook to avoid detection

Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, reporting for NBC News:

Some anti-vaccination groups on Facebook are changing their names to euphemisms like Dance Party” or Dinner Party,” and using code words to fit those themes in order to skirt bans from Facebook, as the company attempts to crack down on misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.

The groups, which are largely private and unsearchable but retain large user bases accrued during the years Facebook permitted anti-vaccination content, also swap out language to fit the new themes and provide code legends, according to screenshots provided to NBC News by multiple members of the groups.

One major dance party” group has more than 40,000 followers and has stopped allowing new users amid public scrutiny. The backup group for Dance Party,” known as Dinner Party” and created by the same moderators, has more than 20,000 followers.

If NBC News can identify them, then Facebook can absolutely find them. I’m pretty convinced Facebook is aware of them already and letting it go on. Why? So they can ignore it and keep people on the platform and also say look we are removing the anti-vax content. It is highly infuriating and another reason why I’m seriously considering removing myself from Facebook.

July 23, 2021