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Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:22 AM

Facebook giving massive distribution to dangerous misinformation about diabetes

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Facebook is giving a page featuring incendiary right-wing memes and dangerous misinformation about diabetes massive distribution ó reach that exceeds some of the nation's largest news outlets.

The Rowdy Republican page, which has over 780,000 followers, is run by an affiliate marketer with a history of legal problems and deceptive practices. He is seeking to drive people to a site about "The Big Diabetes Lie," which tries to convince people to purchase a $55 paperback book. According to the website, if you have diabetes and don't purchase this book, you will soon die:

If you are OK with slowly losing your vision and then going blind as diabetes destroys the blood vessels in your eyes causing them to wither and die, if you're perfectly fine with dying 9 years earlier, possibly not waking up tomorrow, dropping dead at any moment or having your legs amputated. If you are OK with not seeing your kids or grandkids grow up, then please, close this page and go back to what you were doing.

One of the leading medical experts in treating diabetes, Dr. David Goldstein, an endocrinologist affiliated with the University of Missouri, reviewed the website and told Popular Information that the information was "ridiculous" and contained "dangerous misinformation."

The Daily Caller, a member of Facebook's official fact-checking program, reviewed a post by Rowdy Republican that included a link to "The Big Diabetes Lie" and rated it "true."

The runaway success of the Rowdy Republican page is a sign that Facebook's efforts to reduce the spread of misinformation is failing. As a result, its users are being put in danger.

According to a source that has contacted Facebook representatives, the company has ignored reports about misinformation from the Rowdy Republican page since at least November 2018. Facebook also did not respond to a request for comment by Popular Information.

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We could spend more time knocking down misinformation than posting facts - that's the danger of social media. This one hits close to home, as I've lost 3 siblings in the last 9 years to complications from diabetes.

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Reply Facebook giving massive distribution to dangerous misinformation about diabetes (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Sep 2019 OP
Wounded Bear Sep 2019 #1
RAB910 Sep 2019 #2
Dennis Donovan Sep 2019 #3
RAB910 Sep 2019 #4
Dennis Donovan Sep 2019 #6
RAB910 Sep 2019 #7
Dennis Donovan Sep 2019 #8
RAB910 Sep 2019 #10
Dennis Donovan Sep 2019 #11
JCMach1 Sep 2019 #5
Johnny2X2X Sep 2019 #9
Codeine Sep 2019 #12
Johnny2X2X Sep 2019 #13

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:33 AM

1. I have type 2 diabetes. I ignore shit like that all the time...

It's sad how people can make so much money from dangerous scams like that.

It's a new age of snake oil salesmen.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:44 AM

2. Isn't this just natural selection?

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Response to RAB910 (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:51 AM

3. WTF??

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:54 AM

4. I have to confess I grow weary of protecting myself and the nation from Republican ignorance

I am struggling to muster shits to give in terms of protecting themselves from their own ignorance

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Response to RAB910 (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 11:13 AM

6. My family members were Dems

...and my dog also suffers from diabetes.

You need to self delete...

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 11:14 AM

7. Isn't this misinformation on a Republican FB page?

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Response to RAB910 (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 11:17 AM

8. Your comment can be construed as "diabetes sufferers deserve their fate"

Seriously, self delete!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 11:24 AM

10. My grandfather died of complications of diabetes as did my aunt

I find your outrage to be insulting and highly misplaced

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Response to RAB910 (Reply #10)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 11:28 AM

11. No, not misplaced at all

...and I'M deeply insulted by your stunning lack of empathy. I've lost my mother and siblings and my beloved pup also suffers from it. Your post is insensitive!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:56 AM

5. Anti-vaxxers as well

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 11:22 AM

9. The Rightwing is assaulting consumers from all directions

Anti Vaxers, Anti science. This stuff is almost always been pushed by the Far Right.

Mike Huckaby is selling mushrooms extract that he says cures cancer.. These grifters are disgusting.

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Response to Johnny2X2X (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 11:58 AM

12. Anti-science bullshit knows no ideology

and has no party affiliation. Itís as rampant on the Left as the Right, and even pops up here with alarming frequency.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #12)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 12:05 PM

13. I fight it when I see it here

But this garbage is 90% coming from the Right.

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