Facebook has reportedly made hundreds of thousands of dollars selling ads that promote anti-vaccine messages and compare America’s COVID-19 response to Nazi Germany.
In one ad, Facebook promoted a sweater emblazoned with the words “I’m originally from America but I currently reside in 1941 Germany.”
Another ad promoted a T-shirt that read “Proudly Unpoisoned” next to an image of a syringe.
Despite Fakebook’s parent company Meta saying these ads went against their vaccine misinformation policies, they still ran on the platform.
One researcher who tracks advertising on Facebook says the company does not manually review all of the ads it sells, meaning some slip through its detection systems.
Publicly, Facebook has been encouraging Americans to get vaccinated.