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- Overall, we rate Autism Investigated a Strong Conspiracy and Quackery level Pseudoscience site based on the promotion of anti-vaccination propaganda as well as Government conspiracies.
Factual Reporting: LOW
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2013 by Jake Crosby, Autism Investigated is a website that attempts to link Autism to vaccinations. According to their about page they state there is “proof of a link between vaccines and autism has been both discovered and denied by government agencies.” They also state “So long story short: the covered up science as well as the genuine, published science show that vaccines cause the autism epidemic.” The editor is Jake Crosby, who was formerly the contributing editor for the anti-Vaxx website, Age of Autism.
Funded by / Ownership
Autism Investigated is presumably owned by Jake Crosby and funding is not listed. The website also does not have advertising or a donation link.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Autism Investigated reports news and opinions related to vaccines as a significant cause for Autism. They frequently publish articles that expose politicians who take a pro-vaccine position and often use highly loaded emotional language such as this Lamar Alexander Let Vaccine Company Murder Infants in His Home State. This article, like many others, points to the vaccine preservative Thimerosal (Mercury), as the cause of Autism. There isn’t credible evidence among scientists to support this claim. The website also frequently promotes conspiracy theories such as this one: JB Handley: Senate HELP Whitewash of Thimerosal Cover-up “Genuine. When it comes to sourcing, Autism Investigated uses some highly discredited sources such as Natural News, Age of Autism, and InfoWars. In general, the website promotes the notion that vaccines equate to murder and that the Government and Pharmaceutical companies are conspiring together to cover it up.
Autism Investigated has not been fact-checked by an IFCN fact-checker. However, almost all information provided on this website is either false or misleading according to the Centers for Disease Control. It should be noted that Autism Investigated took exception to the CDC’s assessment.
Overall, we rate Autism Investigated a Strong Conspiracy and Quackery level Pseudoscience site based on the promotion of anti-vaccination propaganda as well as Government conspiracies. (D. Van Zandt 6/4/2019)