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Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:16 PM

Anti-vaccine groups changing into 'dance parties' on Facebook to avoid detection

Tweet text:One 40k-member antivaxx group is also bragging about getting around Facebook’s moderation bots by just swapping out language and calling it a “Dance Party” after the White House press conference last week.


Ben Collins
Antivaxxers’ newest strategy of renaming groups to irrelevant names like “Dance Party” is stolen from the extremist playbook.

Boogaloo Bois, remember, wear Hawaiian shirts in part because they changed their group names to Big Luau to avoid Facebook bans.



Some anti-vaccination groups on Facebook are changing their names to euphemisms like “Dance Party” or “Dinner Party,” and using code words to fit those themes in order to skirt bans from Facebook, as the company attempts to crack down on misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.

The groups, which are largely private and unsearchable but retain large user bases accrued during the years Facebook permitted anti-vaccination content, also swap out language to fit the new themes and provide code legends, according to screenshots provided to NBC News by multiple members of the groups.

One major “dance party” group has more than 40,000 followers and has stopped allowing new users amid public scrutiny. The backup group for “Dance Party,” known as “Dinner Party” and created by the same moderators, has more than 20,000 followers.

Other anti-vaccine influencers on Instagram use similar language swaps, such as referring to vaccinated people as “swimmers” and the act of vaccination as joining a “swim club.”


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