In a recent blog post, Facebook noted that they’re cracking down on articles that promote false medical advice. Measles has returned, Mark. It’s already too late.
Facebook has visited many crimes upon the Earth since Zuckerberg’s original sin, when his libido invented a way to objectify his classmates. Yes, they’ve helped to subvert an election, and yes, they’re listening to you right now, but it is their elevation of pseudoscience that may be their toothiest bugbear.
According to Doctor Facebook, miracle cures exist for cancer, autism and everything in between. These treatments run the gamut between “shithouse” and “deadly”.
In a recent blog post, our Californian overlords noted that: “People come together on Facebook to talk about, advocate for, and connect around things like nutrition, fitness, and health issues,” Facebook Product Manager Travis Yeh wrote in the post. “But in order to help people get accurate health information and the support they need, it’s imperative that we minimize health content that is sensational or misleading.”
Since, the company updated its algorithms to punish two specific kinds of articles. Posts that tout “miracle cures” and those that use nefarious claims to push products or services, such as your average pre-wedding weight-loss pill schtick.
As Futurism notes, “…as far as sensationalist health posts go, ones hawking bogus weight-loss pills fall on the relatively benign end of the spectrum. But Facebook’s also rife with posts encouraging people to forgo proven cancer treatments in favour of worthless home remedies. Incredibly dangerous “autism cures” advising parents to force their children to drink chlorine dioxide, which is essentially industrial bleach, are also popular with Facebook’s users.”
Side note, chlorine dioxide is bleach. Lol.
However, this is not an example of the censor overstepping the mark, as Facebook’s brand of alt-health nonsense are contributing to outbreaks of diseases we killed last century. Use all your money to invent the time machine, Mark. Then we can talk.
Wait, no. Don’t.