Amazon removed anti-vaccine documentaries from its Amazon Prime video streaming Service. They did it after CNN business report highlighted the anti-vaccine content on site and Adam Schiff wrote an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stating that “Amazon is surfacing and recommending” anti-vaccination books and documentaries.
Adam Schiff wrote other letters to big giant tech companies like Facebook and Google to remove content related to anti-vaccine awareness from their respective platforms.
“There is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of this trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surface on the websites where many Americans get their information, among them Amazon, “Schiff wrote. “As the largest online marketplace in the world, Amazon is in a unique position to shape consumption.”
Anti vaccines movies like “We don’t vaccinate!”, “Shoot ‘Em Up: The Truth About Vaccines,” and “Vaxxed: From cover-up to Catastrophe,” which were available to Amazon Prime subscribers are not available now.
BuzzFeed News was the first one to report that Vaxxed was no longer available on Amazon. However, the documentaries and movies about anti-vaccines are not available; some anti-vaccine books are still on Amzon.com for purchase. CNN business checked the popular searches of Amazon on the word vaccine, and top content was all about anti-vaccine stuff.
On top of all this, Amazon showed the anti-vaccine content on the sponsored list also. Adam Schiff claimed that Amazon is spreading false information which is not backed by proper scientific research and he also stated that it might look neutral on the surface but can cause serious issues. He obliged Amazon to “act responsibly” and enquired Jeff Bezos of his take on the situation.
“As a member of Congress who is deeply concerned about declining vaccination rates around the nation, I am requesting additional information on the steps that you currently take to provide medically accurate information on vaccination to users, and to encourage you to consider additional steps you can take to address this growing problem, “Schiff wrote in the letter.
Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube have taken steps to curb the effects of anti-vaccine awareness among people which caused a measles outbreak in the US. YouTube stated that it would not allow videos to make money from anti-vaccine videos and Facebook said that articles containing obscure information would rank low in the feed.