GoFundMe has revealed plans to ban anti-vaxx campaigns on their platform.
According to Daily Beast, the fundraising website will review any active fundraisers and will remove any that do not comply with their rules.
“Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform,” says Bobby Whithorne, a spokesperson for the site.
Apparently, anti-vaxx content has received quite a bit of support through donations on campaigns hosted by the website. In fact, Daily Beast reports that more than $170,000 was raised before the crackdown. Following this announcement, many using the website to raise money are not happy, with some saying it's a violation of their first amendment rights.
With that in mind, GoFundMe is just the latest big-name website to crack down on this kind of content. Facebook, recently changed the reach of anti-vaccine groups while Google has demonetized videos that spread misinformation about vaccines. They're joined by Amazon and even Pinterest who have also taken action against content they deem problematic. This comes after multiple measles outbreaks around the globe, which prompted Italy to implement a new law that will fine parents who do not have up-to-date information regarding their children's vaccines.
The anti-vaxx movement is considered a contributing factor for such outbreaks, so much so, the World Health Organization lists "Vaccine Hesitancy" as one of the biggest threats to global health in 2019. According to them, vaccines have saved around two million lives, and that number could increase with better access to healthcare. Interestingly enough, they report a 30 percent increase in worldwide measles cases in recent years.
They're urging countries to reach a vaccination point of 95 percent — the threshold for "herd immunity". This is essential, the point at which a disease could not impact those who are vulnerable, like babies too young to be vaccinated, or those who are ill. We here at BabyGaga understand that there are medical reasons that may prevent a child from being vaccinated.
Still, the anti-vaccine movement has grown in recent years, with many celebrities voicing their opinions on the subject. Recently, Kat Von D made waves when she posted on Instagram that she wanted to raise her newborn without his shots. Recently, following a wave of bad press, she spoke about the comments, saying she now consults her pediatrician on health matters.