Registered On: September 7, 2015
Given the proliferation of anti-vaccination arguments causing damage in recent years, which has led to the resurgence of some preventable diseases, and the need to return to normality after pandemic (and vaccination is the best way for it), I’d say there is a strong argument for prosecuting the proponents for spreading life threatening conspiracies and preventing them from gaining a foothold.
Of course it won’t be a panacea; they will try other means and we shouldn’t be able to stop them shouting like a lunatic in the streets or whatever. However, making it more difficult on sites shouldn’t be off limits. Much of the traditional media wouldn’t now publish anti-vaxxer nonsense, it would violate their standards, and there is nothing wrong with that. Many people get their news through social media now. Surely they should be held accountable for what they allow as a result? If the cranks want their websites to promote rubbish they should be free to set them up, but I am not sure whether we shouldn’t have standards for social media outlets over their dissemination of conspiracies given the dangers they pose and how much they have already affected society.
Are we really free if the news being shared and touted as true by social media is a load of bunkum which distorts our minds?