Facebook plans to sell ads promoting anti-vaccine messages, comparing the US government’s response to Covid-19 to Nazi Germany, which has led to doubting on the result of the 2020 election and has also promoted political violence.
The merchandise companies who have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Facebook since past few years were the one who have been running the ads.
On Monday, Fox News host Lara Logan provoked anger by comparing Dr. Anthony Fauci to an infamous Nazi doctor known as the “Angel of Death” – about the same time, advertising for a sweater bearing the words “I’m originally from America but I currently reside in 1941 Germany” were appearing on Facebook.
Another commercial equated vaccination rollouts to the Holocaust, claiming falsely and ludicrously that they are part of a plan to mass-murder people.
The ad was run by a Facebook page named “Ride the Red Wave.” Earlier this year the page ran ads for a t-shirt with the words, “Make hanging traitors great again.”
According to statistics seen by CNN, Facebook has made more than $280,000 from advertising sold by “Ride the Red Wave” since May. The page has less than 10,000 followers, but the folks who administer it can potentially reach millions more Americans by paying Facebook.
Since 2019, another company’s page, “Next Level Goods,” has spent more than $500,000 on Facebook advertisements. The company frequently advertises anti-vaccine t-shirts on Facebook.
In late August, one ad bought a t-shirt with the words “Proudly Unpoisoned” next to a syringe image. With the anti-vaccine ad, the business paid Facebook about $2,500 to reach up to 450,000 Facebook members. The ads were most popular among Facebook users in Texas, Florida, and California, according to Facebook data.