Russia’s Ministry of Health is proposing legislation that would block public discussions about vaccines that could be perceived as discouraging people from getting vaccinated. According to RT:
The draft legislation envisages punishment for those violating the ban, although the nature of the punitive measures is yet unknown. The ministry’s initiative has already received support from the Russian consumer watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, which has also expressed its concerns about the “global rise of the anti-vaxxers’ lobby.”1
This action by the government of Russia appears to endorse censorship of free speech and public discussion of information that is critical of government vaccine policy. At the same time, influential U.S. government officials have placed pressure on major social media platforms such as Amazon, Facebook and Google to eliminate content that may be perceived as criticizing government vaccine policy and questioning vaccine science or the lack of informed consent protections in state mandatory vaccination laws.
Current U.S. vaccine policy directs doctors to give all children 69 doses of 16 vaccines between the day of birth and age 182 and also directs adults 19 years and older to get a dose of influenza vaccine every year until the year of death; a dose of Tdap vaccine followed by a Td vaccination every 10 years; two doses of herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine at age 50 or older; a dose of pneumococcal vaccine at age 65 or older; two or three doses of HPV vaccine depending upon age and sex; plus one or two doses of MMR vaccine (if born during or after 1957) and two doses of varicella zoster vaccine (if born after 1980) depending upon age and if there is no documentation of prior vaccination or infection.3According to federal vaccine policy guidelines, almost no health condition is considered to be a contraindication to vaccination or reason to provide a child or adult with a medical exemption to vaccination.4
U.S. Congressman Tells Google, Facebook, Amazon to “Act Responsibly”
On Feb. 14, 2019, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, sent letters to the CEOs of Google and Facebook. Rep. Schiff wrote: “As a Member of Congress who is deeply concerned about declining vaccination rates, I am requesting additional information on the steps that you currently take to provide medically accurate information on vaccinations to your users, and to encourage you to consider additional steps you can take to address this growing problem.”5
He added: “I was pleased to see YouTube’s recent announcement that it will no longer recommend videos that violate its community guidelines, such as conspiracy theories or medically inaccurate videos, and encourage further action to be taken related to vaccine misinformation.”5
On Mar. 1, 2019, Rep. Schiff followed up with a similar letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stating: “As the largest online marketplace in the world, Amazon is in a unique position to shape consumption. The algorithms which power social media platforms and Amazon’s recommendations are not designed to distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information and, as a result, harmful anti-vaccine messages have been able to thrive and spread. The consequences are particularly troubling for public health issues.”6
Rep. Schiff continued: “I am concerned by the report that Amazon accepts paid advertising that contains deliberate misinformation about vaccines; promoting these advertisements as suggested content ahead of intended search results. Every online platform, including Amazon, must act responsibly and ensure that they do not contribute to this growing public health catastrophe.”6
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar has publicy spoken about “social media conspiracy groups” in the U.S. as the “source of widespread doubt about vaccine science” and the growing trend of “vaccine hesitancy.”7 8 This has served to place additional pressure on private companies operating public forums on the Internet, including Amazon, Facebook and Google, to take steps to severely restrict or ban online conversations and information that criticizes vaccine science and government vaccine policy….
Vaccine science? Is that the PR science of normalizing the injection of random viruses, metallic nanoparticle contaminants and neurotoxic chemicals into children’s bodies? Or the science of spreading systemic corruption in high places? Either way, the science is very advanced.