Vermont Health Commissioner supports ongoing social media crackdown on vaccine ‘disinformation’

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NO QUESTIONS ASKED: Despite a quarter billion paid out annually for vaccine damages, and potentially more unreported, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine doesn’t want Vermonters to share “disinformation” on vaccinations via social media.

Social media companies have begun cracking down on anti-vaccine chatter between users of social media in response to a coordinated pro-vaccine campaign from health officials across the country.

Last month, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine wrote a letter to Congress calling for social media censorship of “misinformation” on vaccine dangers. The move appears timely as top social media websites have since issued statements indicating they will begin cracking down on “anti-vax” information.

In the letter, Levine attempted to shame social media companies for not doing more to promote vaccines.

“It is unconscionable to me that information and opinion influencers, such as social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram, are not leaders in ensuring that credible, scientifically-based information and resources are prioritized as part of their user experience algorithms. Misinformation and misleading information contribute to the modern-day assault on science and evidence,” he wrote.

But Health Choice Vermont, a local group dedicated to protecting choice and informed consent for parents and all Vermonters, isn’t impressed by the commissioner’s actions. The group views the letter as a call for censorship against anyone critical of an unregulated or non-transparent vaccine industry.

“Members of Congress and others are calling for massive internet censorship to prevent open discourse on vaccine risk, need for informed consent and why ‘choice’ is essential,” the group said in a statement. “As a result, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and others are restricting or blocking vaccine choice content and posting warning messages to clamp down on so-called ‘vaccine misinformation.’ Amazon has already removed vaccine films from its Prime Video streaming service including Vaxxed and Trace Amounts, and has now started removing books about alternative autism treatments.”

This month Facebook issued a statement indicating the company will curtail alternative views on vaccines. On Friday, Instagram announced it will block specific hashtags such as “#vaccinescauseautism, #vaccinesarepoison and #vaccinescauseharm,” according to a DailyMail.com report.

Levine told True North last week that his office is working on a response to Health Choice Vermont.

Ben Truman, public health communication officer at the Health Department, told True North on Tuesday that state health leaders aren’t trying to squelch inquiry about vaccines.

“Dr. Levine’s letter can speak for itself. Having questions about vaccinations is completely reasonable,” he said. “As a physician and the state’s lead for promoting and protecting the health of Vermonters, Dr. Levine encourages concerned parents and caregivers to ask questions — to talk with their child’s pediatrician and get the scientific and evidence-based information they need to make informed decisions.”

Levine joins U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who has made similar calls for censorship on the issue of vaccines.

Social media may be one of the last venues for open dialogue about vaccine safety, as the pharmaceutical industry is the largest financier of mainstream media news sources. Drug giants that frequently advertise on cable news networks and other media outlets spend about $5.2 billion dollars a year on advertising. As a result, only stories that promote vaccines as safe and effective tend to appear in mainstream media outlets.

CBS News had no problem cheering the removal of documentary films that question the safety of vaccines.

“Every major medical body and federal office agrees: vaccines are safe and effective,” the CBS story states. It goes on to explain how Amazon is pulling down documentary films such as “The Greater Good,” which challenges the notion that all vaccines are safe.

Adverse reactions to vaccines are documented in the United States. The Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System is averaging about a quarter billion dollars paid out per year for vaccine-induced damages over the past four years. The amount paid out is more than $4 billion over the past three decades. The money comes from purchasers of the vaccines, not the vaccine companies, which have federal liability protection since 1986.

The amounts could be even higher. According to a study commissioned by the federal government, Harvard University has determined that VAERS payouts represent less than 1 percent of actual damages from vaccinations.

“Adverse events from drugs and vaccines are common, but underreported,” the study states. “… Likewise, fewer than 1 percent of vaccine adverse events are reported. Low reporting rates preclude or slow the identification of ‘problem’ drugs and vaccines that endanger public health. New surveillance methods for drug and vaccine adverse effects are needed.”

The vaccine controversy in Vermont was reignited last fall when Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and challenger Republican Don Turner disagreed over the safety status of vaccines during a debate.

“Like many, I do sometimes question when government agencies are a bit too infused with corporate influence with respect to some of the outcomes and decisions they make,” Zuckerman said in one of the debates.

This legislative session lawmakers have introduced S.238, which takes away the religious exemption for vaccinations, leaving parents no choice but to pull kids out of school if they want to avoid vaccines. That bill and five others — some of them supporting choice — have been stuck on the wall of the House Healthcare Committee this session.

Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North Reports. Send him news tips at bielawski82@yahoo.com and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.

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9 thoughts on “Vermont Health Commissioner supports ongoing social media crackdown on vaccine ‘disinformation’

  1. BUILD THAT WALL NOW

    We didn’t have outbreaks of measles and small pox etc problem until
    the leftards started “encouraging” 3rd worlders to jump the border
    for free $hit USA…This is why we need to know WHO”S coming in
    and what their carrying..
    We don’t need more suppression of FREE SPEECH..

  2. I think that a major point is being missed here. It’s ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!

    The butt hurt vax producers want to sell as much product at their inflated prices as possible. Has no one noticed how the sheer number shots has dramatically increased over the past several decades? Their effectiveness, especially the bogus influenza vax, and numerous others given to infants whose immune system has not fully developed–not to mention the HIV vax foisted upon teens–remains in question.

    And the RIGHT TO TRAVEL FREELY?? being abridged currently via vax regulators:

    https://www.brighteon.com/6018350169001

    The Second War for Independence has begun with these “shots”.

    • So happy to see that people are truly starting to wake up. my first son regressed the same day he was “caught up” for his 2 yr shots. He stopped talking, making eye contact, add odd, severe eczema, tantrums and more. He was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome within a month. His Dr said it was ALL NORMAL. That’s when I started researching and im appalled at what I’ve found.

      • Try
        http://www.naturalnews.com

        Mike Adams has much useful info there. So much so that he’s been wrist slapped by social(ist) media more than once. He also has a line of pure products and is certified in spectro analysis. I’ve known of Mike for over ten years.

  3. I think that a major point is being missed here. It’s ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!

    The butt hurt vax producers want to sell as much product at their inflated prices as possible. Has no one noticed how the sheer number shots has dramatically increased over the past several decades? Their effectiveness, especially the bogus influenza vax, and numerous others given to infants whose immune system has not fully developed–not to mention the HIV vax foisted upon teens–remains in question.

    And the RIGHT TO TRAVEL FREELY?? being abridged currently via vax regulators:

    https://www.brighteon.com/6018350169001

    The Second War for Independence has begun with these “shots”.

  4. They must want everyone vaccinated in preparation for the deluge of third worlders they plan on letting flood our country. And, I don’t trust the government or the medical industry. Who really knows what is being injected into your body.

  5. Why hasn’t a study been done on the life styles and genetics of the people who claim to have problems caused by vaccines? It seems like that would be the appropriate starting point, to prove the root cause of the problems.

  6. They are putting one more nail in the coffin of free speech in the first Amendment of the Constitution. We should have the right to voice our opinion against something that can harm us and our family. I don’t take the flu, shingles, pneumonia and other vaccines. None of their business.

    • David you said what I was going to say. This is simply censorship and control of what people should have the right to do—naturally and stay to hell out of my life!! The state wants my wallet, now you want my body and are selling baby parts.

      Health Commissioner, hell, dictator and in conjunction with the Montpelier Libs a minority to control the majority.

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