In an open letter to CHIEF Executive Mark Zuckerberg this week, facebook and Instagram are “seriously damaging public health,” said an open letter sent to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, a coalition of 52 health and LGBTQ groups. The letter accuses Facebook and Instagram of allowing advertisers to target users with ads about THE wrong content about HIV, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and of not following repeated reminders.
Some lawyers bought ads to get LGBTQ users to join a lawsuit against Truvada, an HIV-prevention drug that they say can have side effects on bones and kidneys. By searching Facebook’s online ad database, you can confirm that these types of ads are running on the site.
In this open letter, it explains how the world’s largest social network, Facebook, and Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app, should better face complaints about public health hazards. Facebook has previously been accused of not doing enough to counter misleading information about vaccines, prompting it to remove recommendations for such content.
They cite the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s opinion that taking the prophylactic HIV drug PrEP is effective. “By allowing these ads to persist on its platform, Facebook and Instagram have persuaded at-risk people to avoid using PrEP, which inevitably leads to avoidable HIV infection,” the letter, posted online by LGBTQ, said. This undermines public health. “
A Facebook spokesman said the ads did not violate the company’s rules, but the company was in communication with the advertising agencies to resolve the issue. “We value our collaboration with the LGBTQ community and are constantly seeking their input,” the spokesman said. Although these ads do not violate our advertising policies and are not classified as false by third-party fact checkers, we are always looking at ways to improve and help these key groups better understand how we apply our policies. “