RFK Jr. kicked off Instagram for vaccine misinformation
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2019 file photo, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. attends the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Awards at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York. Instagram has banned Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for repeatedly sharing misinformation about vaccine safety and COVID-19, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)Instagram on Wednesday banned Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of former presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, from repeatedly posting misinformation about vaccine safety and COVID-19. In an emailed statement, Kennedy Jr. stood by his Instagram posts, adding they have been carefully vetted. A Twitter account belonging to Kennedy Jr. also remains live, where he has more than 200,000 followers.
Kennedy cousin Skakel will not be retried in 1975 killing
Skakel, a Kennedy cousin, is expected at a court hearing as Connecticut prosecutors decide whether to retry him for the bludgeoning death of a fellow teenager in 1975. Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy, was convicted of murder in 2002 and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Several other people, including Skakel’s brother Tommy Skakel who denied any role in the killing, have been mentioned as possible killers. At Skakel’s trial, prosecutors suggested Skakel was angry with Martha because she had spurned his advances while having a sexual liaison with his brother Tommy. Simpson murder case, published his own book, “Murder in Greenwich,” which asserted Michael Skakel killed Moxley in a jealous rage after seeing Thomas Skakel kiss her.
Facebook bans anti-vaccination ads but not antivax posts
OAKLAND, Calif. – Facebook says it will ban ads on its platform that discourage vaccinations — with an exception carved out for advocacy ads about government vaccine policies. The company already bans ads about vaccine “hoaxes," such as the false idea that vaccinations cause autism. The latest policy expands the ban to ads that discourage vaccines for any reason. And unpaid posts by people or groups that discourage vaccinations will also still be allowed — the new policy only includes paid advertisements. “Facebook by banning anti-vaccine ads is probably not banning more than half of the ads,” he said.