Labour is calling on the government to bring in emergency laws to “stamp out dangerous” anti-vaccine content online.
In a letter, Labour said there should be financial and criminal penalties for social media firms that do not remove anti-vaccine fake news.
It comes after
this week’s news
that the world’s first effective Covid vaccine – made by Pfizer and BioNTech – had seen positive early results.
The government said it took the issue “extremely seriously”.
It said it had “secured a major commitment” from social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google to tackle anti-vaccine content.
Suspicion of vaccines has been around almost as long as modern vaccines themselves.
But in recent years, the anti-vaccination – or “anti-vax”- movement has gained traction online. Social media has been blamed for allowing unfounded claims about vaccines to spread more easily.
In 2019, the UK
lost its measles-free status