Facebook Spreads Viral Fake News Story About Vaccines


Facebook just helped a fake news article spreading dangerous misinformation about the flu vaccine go viral. The fake article claims an unnamed “CDC doctor” said the recent flu outbreak is being caused by the flu vaccine itself, according to the liberal news site ThinkProgress.

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If a “jaw-breaking/bombshell report” is “spreading like wildfire,” it can be discounted as some pitiful writer’s efforts to gain a following. The real story behind this year’s flu vaccine wasn’t terribly exciting. It simply wasn’t as effective as hoped. Grownups have to deal with the reality that “fake news” has always existed.Dealing with it requires being reasonably well-educated about the leading issues.