Facebook sold ads that compared vaccines to the Holocaust

Advertisements were created by merchandise companies that spent hundreds of thousands on Facebook over the past few years.

On Monday, Fox News personality Lara Logan caused outrage by comparing Dr. Anthony Fauci to a notorious Nazi doctor known as the “Angel of Death” — around the same time AdsFacebook was promoting a sweater featuring the words “I’m originally German but I currently live in 1941 Germany.”
Another Advertisement compared the rollout of vaccines to the Holocaust — falsely and ludicrously implying they are part of an attempt to slaughter people on a mass scale.
A Facebook page called “Ride the Red Wave” ran the ad. The page was active earlier in the year. AdsA t-shirt that says “Make hanging traitors great again”

According to CNN data, Facebook has earned more than $280,000 through ads by “Ride the Red Wave”, since May. While the page has only 10,000 followers, the Facebook admins can reach millions of Americans by paying them to run it.

“Next Level Goods”, another page run by a different company has spent more that $500,000 in Facebook ads since 2019. This company frequently uses Facebook to advertise antivaccine tee shirts.

One ad buyLate August saw the promotion of a tshirt that said “Proudly Not Poisoned” and included an image of a needle. To reach as many as 450,000 Facebook users, the company paid Facebook $2,500. Facebook data shows that the ads were most popular among users in Texas and California.

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, stated that the ads comparing US Covid-19 to Nazi Germany and comparing vaccines with the Holocaust, as well as the ad suggesting that the vaccine was poison, were in violation of its vaccine misinformation policies.

However, Facebook’s detection systems seem to have missed these ads, given that they were running on the platform.

CNN also asked Facebook about the ad with the title “Make Hanging Traitors Great Again.” However, Facebook did not respond to CNN’s request.

Facebook is promoting the positive role it plays in encouraging Americans to get vaccines. Guy Rosen, vice president of integrity at the company. A blog post was written by me In July, President Joe Biden was rebuked for claiming that platforms like Facebook were killing people. Biden later refuted the claim.
Laura Edelson, a researcher at NYU who tracks advertising on Facebook, told CNN that Facebook does not manually review all of the ads it sells — part of the reason why ads that violate its rules are allowed run on the platform.

She stated that Facebook appears to have a more relaxed approach to advertising on pages that appear to be commercial, such as those selling teshirts, than pages that are associated with political campaigns.

CNN’s She said that a t-shirt will contain a lot more powerful rhetoric than a straight persuasion advertisement.