By: Brian Shilhavy, Health Impact News Editor
With medical and health authorities all across the United States beginning to take action to remove freedom of choice in refusing vaccines, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken a public position in the current vaccine debate, in what many in the media are reporting to be a direct attack against those who refuse or question vaccines:
Mark Zuckerberg just slammed the anti-vaccination movement – Business Insider
Amar Toor of the Verge writes:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has selected a decidedly pro-vaccine book for the latest installment of his online book club, following a report last week that pointed to surprisingly low vaccination rates at Silicon Valley daycares affiliated with Google and other tech companies. The book, On Immunity by Eula Bliss, examines and disarms the fear underpinning the anti-vaccine movement, based on Bliss’ personal experience with her young child.
Health Impact News recently published a book review of On Immunity by journalist Jennifer Margulis, which was originally published by The Washington Independent Review of Books, but subsequently removed by what Margulis claims was an act of censorship, because they did not want to hear both sides of the vaccine debate. So for another view of this book Mr. Zuckerberg has chosen to endorse see: How Journalists are Censored from Covering Both Sides of the Vaccine Debate.
Does this Pave the Way for Facebook to Censor Free Speech on Vaccines?
So what’s next for Zuckerberg and Facebook? Since Zuckerberg is apparently taking the position that “the science on vaccines is settled,” will he also take the corresponding position that Americans do not have a right to refuse vaccines, for “the greater good?”
Like technology billionaire and vaccine supporter Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg has enough money and influence to force people to adopt his position. His tax revenue alone provides billions to the U.S. Government and State of California, and he can give away up to half of his income by U.S. law to charitable organizations to avoid paying even more taxes.
The trend is national but only in Silicon Valley do companies like Google or Apple have more money than local governments and spend accordingly. Zuckerberg and fiber optic telecommunications entrepreneur David Welch have become players in the education debate — not only because they want to, but because they can. They can outspend school districts and – especially in Welch’s case – outlawyer the teachers unions, which is a dramatic shift from standard democratic practice and perhaps more important than whether or not their cause is just. (Source.)
Zuckerberg is donating millions to schools and hospitals. What’s next? A new pro-vaccine policy for anything published on Facebook for “the greater good?”
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Photo: Zuckerberg listening to President Barack Obama before a private meeting where Obama dined with technology business leaders in Woodside, California. Image from Wikimedia.