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Tuesday, February 07, 2023

The Associated Press writes about families whose loved one dies then find their family member's image and name are being used by online anti-vaccine people to push a narrative that vaccines are bad.




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Jeff will still believe it.

#1 | Posted by Sycophant at 2023-02-07 02:05 PM | Reply

More from the article...

...A prolific Twitter account posted Anastasia's name and smiling dance portrait in a tweet with a syringe emoji. A Facebook user messaged her mother, Jessica Day-Weaver, to call her a "murderer" for having her child vaccinated.

In reality, the Ohio kindergartner had experienced lifelong health problems since her premature birth, including epilepsy, asthma and frequent hospitalizations with respiratory viruses. "The doctors haven't given us any information other than it was due to all of her chronic conditions. ... There was never a thought that it could be from the vaccine," Day-Weaver said of her daughter's death.

But those facts didn't matter online, where Anastasia was swiftly added to a growing list of hundreds of children, teens, athletes and celebrities whose unexpected deaths and injuries have been incorrectly blamed on COVID-19 shots. Using the hashtag #diedsuddenly, online conspiracy theorists have flooded social media with news reports, obituaries and GoFundMe pages in recent months, leaving grieving families to wrestle with the lies.

There's the 37-year-old Brazilian television host who collapsed live on air because of a congenital heart problem. The 18-year-old unvaccinated bull rider who died from a rare disease. The 32-year-old actress who died from bacterial infection complications.

The use of "died suddenly" -- or a misspelled version of it -- has surged more than 740% in tweets about vaccines over the past two months compared with the two previous months, the media intelligence firm Zignal Labs found in an analysis conducted for The Associated Press. The phrase's explosion began with the late November debut of an online "documentary" by the same name, giving power to what experts say is a new and damaging shorthand.

"It's kind of in-group language, kind of a wink wink, nudge nudge," said Renee DiResta, technical research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory. "They're taking something that is a relatively routine way of describing something " people do, in fact, die unexpectedly " and then by assigning a hashtag to it, they aggregate all of these incidents in one place."

The campaign causes harm beyond just the internet, epidemiologist Dr. Katelyn Jetelina said....

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-07 02:07 PM | Reply

I've noticed this trend, they usually Target celebrities but sometimes they do go after kids and in both cases it's just creepy.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2023-02-07 02:16 PM | Reply

"Leave the kids alone!"

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-02-07 02:36 PM | Reply

It's just a coincidence, MAGAts

#5 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2023-02-07 06:51 PM | Reply

@#3 ... it's just creepy. ...

More than creepy...

Harassing those who have suffered from friends and family dying for the purpose of pushing their anti-vax conspiracy theories?

That is beyond creepy.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-07 06:53 PM | Reply

ok then it's beyond the pale.

-- russians for promoting such filth

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2023-02-07 06:57 PM | Reply

The Pro-Life Movement has really found its stride.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-02-07 06:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


Try harder.


#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-07 07:20 PM | Reply

"Try harder."

Stop encouraging these dopes.

#10 | Posted by Angrydad at 2023-02-07 08:01 PM | Reply

If he could try harder he'd get a date. Just call him Flaccid Frank.

#11 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-02-07 08:43 PM | Reply

What do you expect from the drooling dumfux who believe Damar Hamlin is dead?

#12 | Posted by Reinheitsgebot at 2023-02-07 08:56 PM | Reply

@#10 ... Stop encouraging these dopes. ...

I come to this site to learn differing opinions.

The Mao_Content person seems to have those differing opinions.

Mao_Content seems to have something to say I am just hoping that at some point Mao_Content will find a way to express those thoughts.

Hope against hope?

Who knows.

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-07 09:01 PM | Reply

Mao_Content seems to have something to say

Like he just got out of jail or something.

#14 | Posted by REDIAL at 2023-02-07 09:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Won't last long.

#15 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-02-07 09:16 PM | Reply

It's just a coincidence, MAGAts

Science? Nah.
Actual people? Nah.
Experts? Nah.

Actors and pretend? Hell Yeah!

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2023-02-08 10:42 AM | Reply

What else would you expect from a fake rancher frat boy who went to Texas Tech?

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2023-02-08 12:25 PM | Reply

Hahaha yeah it's all lies, looks like you aren't fully vaxxed again better go get your boosters you losers

#18 | Posted by THEBULL at 2023-02-09 06:05 AM | Reply

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