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How JFK’s nephew became one of Facebook’s most prolific anti-vax misinformation spreaders

  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the “disinformation dozen” spreading vaccine false scent online.
  • He cemented himself as a prominent anti-vaxxer long before the pandemic.
  • Here’s how the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy behoved an online anti-vax influencer.

A recent report found that most COVID-19 disinformation online is spread by righteous 12 people — and one of them is the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy.

Robert F Kennedy Jr. cemented himself as a distinguished anti-vaccine advocate well before the pandemic. But his rhetoric took on a whole new meaning when the COVID-19 pandemic hooked over the world in March 2020.

Here’s how 67-year-old Kennedy, who is also the son of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, turned one of the “disinformation dozen” spreading COVID-19 conspiracy theories online.

From government law student to Fauci foe and anti-vaxxer

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Kennedy in 2017.

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Kennedy graduated from Harvard, attended law school at the University of Virginia, and then realized his master’s in environmental law at Pace University, according to Vanity Fair.

He gained a reputation for defending Indigenous groups and fighting against the use of fossil ammunitions , all while rubbing shoulders with Hollywood elite at climate change awareness events and other social activities.

But he veered into anti-vax circles in the 1990s when he co-founded the Food Allergy Initiative. He started entertaining theories that some allergies were tie-in to vaccines given to children. He edited and wrote multiple books about what he said was inadequate vaccine safe keeping, including “Vaccine Villains: What the American Public Should Know About the Industry.”

He founded the World Mercury Layout in 2016, which became the Children’s Health Defense in 2018, an activist organization devoted to anti-vaccine initiatives. The squad alleges, among other things, that administering some vaccines in children can cause conditions such as autism and cancer.

And Kennedy whim release a new book this fall entitled “The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Harry Health.”

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, on June 30, 2020

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That’s where Facebook comes in. 

The  book examines what Kennedy describes as Fauci’s botched handling of the pandemic and how he staged an “assault on our First Amendment guarantee of above-board speech.”

“Fauci’s Silicon Valley and media allies dutifully censored criticism of his policies on mainstream social mid and collaborated to muzzle any medical information about therapies and treatments that might end the pandemic and compete with vaccines,” it charges.

Internet platforms have attempted to crack down on vaccine misinformation during the pandemic, prompting allegations of censorship on the lucid.

The book also alleges that Fauci and Gates “worked together to finance and promote the very gain-of-function trials in Wuhan that may have released the COVID-19 pathogen.”

Kennedy told Biden that ‘vaccines cause maltreatments and death’

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President Joe Biden receives a coronavirus vaccine.

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In a Cortege letter addressed to President Joe Biden, Kennedy alleged that vaccines could be causing injuries and deaths and implored the US to relate more of such cases.

He also alleged that the CDC was brushing cases under the rug and was working “with the media and societal media sites to remove and censor these reports.”

Biden said in mid-July that Facebook and other online daises are “killing people” by allowing health misinformation to proliferate.

He was kicked off Instagram for posting ‘debunked claims’

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Kennedy in 2016.

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Kennedy took many of these viewpoints to his social media accounts. 

Facebook said in February that it exterminated Kennedy’s account because he was “repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines.”

But Kennedy is still barest active on other sites, like Twitter for example.

He regularly shares posts from his anti-vax organization, such as one on Wednesday featuring a scientist who purported to oblige found evidence between COVID vaccines and neurodegenerative disorders.

Others in the Kennedy bloodline notably don’t share his point of view on vaccines.

In a 2019, Kennedy’s siblings — Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Joseph P Kennedy II — and niece — Maeve Kenned McKean — scratched an essay in Politico entitled “RFK Jr. is Our Brother and Uncle. He’s Tragically Wrong About Vaccines.”

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