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    Apr 2016
    Solano County, California

    Did Netflix and Amazon Prime give the measles new life?

    An Editorial on the Media outlets role in handling the measles issue. Note the movie in question is on Vaxxed an Andrew Wakefield Movie thats been getting attention recently Amazon Prime and Netflix were some of the outlets getting backlash for the release of the movie.

    A massive study of Danish children released last month was only the latest to find no evidence supporting Wakefield's claim that the vaccine commonly administered to protect against measles, mumps and rubella increases the recipients' risk of autism.

    But "Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe," a 2016 documentary Wakefield directed, was still being distributed by Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and other streaming services until this year, when distributors finally yielded to objections raised by doctors' groups, public health advocates and congressional critics.

    Amazon pulled "Vaxxed" and at least four other anti-vaccination videos from its Prime Video line-up last month after California Congressman Adam Schiff fired off a letter warning Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that his company might be abetting a public health crisis.

    "There is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of this [anti-vaccination] trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surface[s] on the websites where many Americans get their information, among them Amazon," Schiff wrote. ". . . The algorithms which power social media platforms and Amazon's recommendations are not designed to distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information and, as a result, harmful anti-vaccine messages have been able to thrive and spread."

    Netflix and Hulu have also eliminated anti-vaxxer videos from their line-ups, although it's unclear when or why they chose to do so.
    Just like Youtube places like Netflix and Amazon Prime are going to have to deal with reforms over what content gets aired or not given their guidelines.

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    The USA has reached new levels of stupidity if movies are now where parents get their medical advice.
    Illegitimi non carborundum

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    It seems to me Netflix and Amazon should have had more control because they aren't a free service like You Tube and had to make a deal to show this movie, and should have had enough sense to not carry it.

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    Also Mentioned in the article that Hulu was also named for airing Vaxxed on its app until that got removed too. In other words companies like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon would have to face the same type of scrutiny over allegations of "Fake News", "Conspiracy Theories", "Snake Oil explanations" and "Hate Speech" just like Facebook, Vimeo, Youtube, Dailymotion, and Twitter have been facing for some time though. In this case as in the article allegations of Snake Oil explanations over vaccines is the issue here over the Vaxxed by Andrew Wakefield.

    In this case the CDC has issued official statements on vaccines recently on Youtube to counteract recent health conspiracies.

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