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How anti-vax Facebook groups fuelled violence in Holland - BBC Newsnight

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Published on Nov 23, 2021
After three nights of unrest in several Dutch cities, there are concerns Facebook is failing to remove anti-vaccine content from non-English language communities. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

The Netherlands saw violent protests last weekend after the country imposed a partial lockdown in response to a record spike in Covid cases.

Dutch anti-vaccine activists inspired by bad information have been involved in organising the rallies on Facebook and fanning the flames of violence online.

There are concerns Facebook is failing to remove anti-vaccine content from non-English language communities due to the lack of foreign language moderators.

Meta, which owns Facebook, told Newsnight it’s investigating the groups flagged the by the programme and they remove harmful misinformation and content that incites violence when the company becomes aware of it.

BBC specialist disinformation reporter Marianna Spring investigates.

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