Louis Farrakhan vaccine claims posted to Twitter, Facebook despite misinformation policies


Big Tech has been allowing Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to share allegedly false claims about coronavirus vaccines despite their policies against coronavirus misinformation.

Farrakhan’s remarks, recorded on video last month during the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day convention, were still available via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube as of Saturday night.

They included claims that the vaccine was a “vial of death.”

He also compared it to the Kool-Aid from the Jim Jones mass-death tragedy in Guyana in 1978.

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“It is death itself,” Farrakhan said.

Last week, Twitter announced users “may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm,” and in February, Facebook put out a statement saying it was expanding its efforts to remove false claims about the pandemic.

Other speakers at the Nation of Islam event also made allegedly false claims that the vaccine had killed more than 900 people and suggested the U.S. uses vaccines for population control and that is it linked to autism.

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan delivers a speech on Nov. 16, 2017, in Washington. (Getty Images)

The vaccines issued by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are considered safe by medical experts. 

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Jerome Adams, the former U.S. surgeon general, in January said there are “real historical reasons for concern” about vaccines within the Black community because of experimentations on the Blacks by the U.S. government in the past, including the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study in the 1930s in which Black men were unknowingly left untreated so the government could observe the effects of the disease. 

Because of this, many leaders in the Black community have been working to restore faith in the vaccine. 

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube did not immediately respond to Fox News’ late-night requests for comment. 



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