Instagram, GoFundMe crack down on anti-vaccine content

Instagram and GoFundMe are among the latest social media companies to address anti-vaccine content online.

Four things to know:

1. Instagram shared plans to block anti-vaccine hashtags March 21. The move comes about three weeks after its parent company, Facebook, pledged to stop promoting anti-vaccine posts on Instagram, reports The Hill.

 2. An Instagram spokesperson said the platform will block hashtags such as #vaccinescauseautism and #vaccinesarepoison as a "short-term measure" to address vaccine misinformation, according to The Hill.

"As we take action in the short-term, we know that fighting misinformation is a long-term commitment," the spokesperson said.

3. On March 22, GoFundMe also announced it would remove all crowdfunding campaigns from its platform seeking to raise money to promote vaccine misinformation.

4. Spokesperson Bobby Whithorne told the Daily Beast that GoFundMe is "conducting a thorough review and will remove any campaigns currently on the platform." Mr. Whithorne called the crowdfunding campaigns "extremely rare." So far, GoFundMe has identified fewer than 10 campaigns to remove.

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