The game is open to opponents of vaccination. Some Facebook users tried to bypass moderation on the social network and avoid bans by using a specific emoji – the carrot – but it doesn’t seem to have worked for long…
Anti-vaccinationists have never been short of ideas, using the carrot emoji to talk about vaccines on social media while evading moderation, the BBC has found out. Mark Zuckerberg’s social network, often accused of negligence, aims to improve its moderation on health issues and more specifically on Covid-19 vaccines, focusing mainly on certain commonly used words.
However, anti-vaccinationists have attempted to circumvent these moderation techniques by replacing the word “vaccine” with the carrot emoji, which visually resembles a syringe. While there is an actual squirt emoji, it would seem to arouse too many suspicions if its use were widespread on Facebook.
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The BBC uncovered several groups of netizens who were reportedly using this trick to share the allegedly harmful effects of Covid-19 vaccines, which have not yet been proven. After Facebook was made aware of the issue, it quickly removed these groups. “We removed this group for violating our Harmful Misinformation policy and will review all other similar content in accordance with that policy. We continue to work closely with public health experts and the UK Government to continue to combat the misinformation surrounding Covid vaccines,” Meta said in a statement. Nevertheless, groups have reappeared on the social network, reports the BBC. To slip through the net, the admins of these groups have no hesitation in warning members to use the “c-word” for “covid,” the “v-word” for vaccine, and the “b-word” for booster.