Facebook, Instagram filled with false information about HIV avoidance drugs, supporters declare

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Facebook and Instagram are “harming public health” by permitting marketers to target users with advertisements which contain false information about a drug suggested to avoid HIV, according to accusations by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer supporters in a letter sent out to Facebook on Monday.

The letter, which was signed by 52 health groups and LGBTQ companies and dealt with to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, mentions that the groups called Facebook about their issues however that the business hasn’t took down these advertisements. Lawyers are acquiring these advertisements in an effort to get LGBTQ users to sign up with claims that declare the HIV avoidance tablet Truvada increased the threat of bone and kidney issues. A search of Facebook’s online advertisements database validates these kind of advertisements are working on the website.

The letter highlights how the world’s biggest social media network, which owns picture app Instagram, continues to deal with grievances it’s damaging public health. Facebook has actually likewise been implicated previously, for instance, of refraining from doing enough to fight deceptive info about vaccines, triggering the business to eliminate suggestions for that kind of material. 

Citing the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the groups keep in mind that taking preventative HIV drugs like Truvada, called PREPARATION, work. 

“By allowing these advertisements to persist on their platforms, Facebook and Instagram are convincing at-risk individuals to avoid PrEP, invariably leading to avoidable HIV infections. You are harming public health,” according to the letter, which was published online by the LGBTQ group GLAAD. Other companies that signed the letter consist of AIDS United, the Human Rights Campaign and The Trevor Project. 

Facebook bars advertisements that are exposed by third-party fact-checkers or in specific cases “claims debunked by organizations with certain expertise,” according to its advertisements policies. The groups are asking Facebook to clarify how they’re analyzing these policies and possibly alter them. 

A Facebook spokesperson stated that the advertisements do not breach the business’s guidelines however that the business is dealing with these groups.

“We value our work with LGBTQ groups and constantly seek their input,” the spokesperson stated. “While these ads do not violate our ad policies nor have they been rated false by third-party fact-checkers, we’re always examining ways to improve and help these key groups better understand how we apply our policies.”

The advertisements about HIV avoidance drugs are likewise triggering issues from political leaders, consisting of Democratic governmental prospect Elizabeth Warren and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“The ads are unwarranted and unacceptable, and Facebook should remove them immediately,” Cuomo stated in a declaration on Tuesday.

Originally released Dec. 9
Update, Dec. 10: Adds declaration from Cuomo and Warren. 


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