Aug 24, 2021

Covid: Most popular Facebook link in US spread vaccine doubt

A news article about a doctor who died after receiving a Covid-19 vaccination was Facebook's most viewed link in the US in the first quarter of 2021, a previously shelved report shows. The piece - updated after a report said there was no proven link to the vaccine - was popular with vaccine sceptics. The New York Times claimed that Facebook initially held back its report because it would "Look bad". Similarly frivolous "Question posts" formed most of the top 20.But the New York Times revealed on Friday that the company had held back the earlier report covering January to March 2021.The paper alleged the report had not been shared because of fears that it would "Look bad for the company". After the publication of the NY Times' story, Facebook released the report.

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