The traps of anti-vaccine groups to camouflage themselves on Facebook and avoid being blocked.

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source: theweek.com

The platform decided to block those who spread false information about covid and vaccines. Still, opponents have found ways to escape the controls.

Some vaccination groups on Facebook are changing their names to "dance party" or "dinner party" and using code words to block Facebook's restrictions. At the same time, the company attempts to crack down on misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

The groups, which are mainly private and unsearchable, retain a large user base built up over the years. Facebook enabled anti-vaccination content, swap language to accommodate new topics, and provide code captions. According to screen shots, various members of the groups provided NBC News.

A notable group of "dance parties" has more than 40,000 followers and has stopped allowing new users during public scrutiny. The "Dinner Party" backing group, called the "Dinner Party" and formed by the same moderators, has more than 20,000 followers.

Other anti-vaccine influencers on Instagram use similar language exchanges, such as referring vaccinated people to "swimmers" and the process of vaccination as part of a "third club".

The avoidance maneuvers of the ban by anti-vaccination groups on Facebook and Instagram are increasing as the White House has also increased pressure on social media platforms to contain misinformation and misinformation about vaccines.

Using keywords to evade bans is not new among the anti-vaccine community, borrowing from a playbook used for years by extremists on Facebook and elsewhere. This process relies heavily on the "leetspeak", or modified language, used by programmers and gamers who frequently convert letters into words with numbers or symbols during online conversations.

Members of the group have incorporated various coded language to mask their discussions, many of which perpetuate discredited theories about vaccines. For example, "she danced" or "drunk" means "vaccine received." The terms "pizza" or "pizza king" are commonly used to refer to "Pfizer" and modernity is known as "Mawana". To create a more coded language, users usually play a non-official language about dance.

The use of coded language underscores the challenge Facebook has in containing the anti-vaccine sentiment built up over the years on social media and other digital platforms. Facebook began cracking down on vaccine misinformation in 2019 and pledged in 2020 to take swift action against Covid misinformation.