Amazon and Facebook Helps Anti Vaxxers and Hate Groups Raise Money

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Amazon and Facebook are helping Anti Vaxxers and Hate Groups through different tools and charities on their sites.

Amazon hosts AmazonSmile, a program to raise funds. A shopper can choose an organization, and Amazon will donate .5 percent of their purchase.

Amazon has numerous Anti-Vaxx groups listed on Amazon’s eligible which one could donate. They include:

National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)
Age of Autism
Learn the Risk
Texans for Vaccine Freedom
American Citizens for Health Choice (ACHC)
Informed Consent Action Network
Michigan for Vaccine Choice
National Health Freedom Coalition

Launched in 2013, AmazonSmile had donated to not-for-profit organizations almost $125 million.

Mother Jones has found anti-LGBT and white supremacist groups used Facebook’s fundraising tool to raise funds.

The publication found VDare, a website catering to white nationalists, National Policy Institute, run by alt-right Richard Spencer, and Islamophobic hate groups such as Center for Security Policy, Christian Action Network, and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have asked for donations through Facebook.

AmazonSmile banned from their donation list the National Policy Institute and VDare, which is accepted by Facebook. However, they permit other anti-LGBT and white supremacist groups including:

Palmetto Family Council
Cornerstone Family Council
Alliance Defending Freedom
Alaska Family Council
Family Research Council

After the Charlottesville demonstrations in 2017, Facebook removed from their platform some far-right organizations and white supremacist groups. Richard Spencer had multiple pages removed including one for his website and another for the National Policy Institute.

On March 1, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos showing his concern that the company is recommending products on their site which could discourage parents from having their children vaccinated. In February, Schiff sent a similar letter to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Written by Barbara Sobel

Sources:

Mother Jones: How Facebook and Amazon Help Hate Groups Raise Money
Intellegencer: Amazon Charity Funds Anti-Vaxxers
Congressman Adam Schiff Website: Schiff Sends Letter to Amazon CEO Regarding Anti-Vaccine Misinformation

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