Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page has come under fire from internet trolls after he posted a status update in support of vaccinations.
Zuckerberg is in the middle of a two month paternity leave to spend time with his daughter, Maxima.
On January 8, Zuckerberg posted a photo with his daughter at the doctor’s office and the subtitle: Doctor’s visit — time for vaccines!
It’s not clear if Zuckerberg was attempting to stir the vaccination pot, but his post quickly gained more than 87,000 comments, many from anti-vaxxers who still believe vaccinations cause autism.
“Injecting newborns and infants with disease and neurotoxins is disgusting science that injures millions every year,” said a Facebook user named Meredith Allyson Gibney. “Shame on all of you and your souls.”
The recurrent myth about a link between vaccines and autism was caused by a study from 1998 that was published in a British medical journal by a doctor who was later stripped of his license.
Not all users were screaming out against autism. “As someone with autism, with a son with autism, as someone who is constantly watching good people put their own children at serious risk because of old, fraudulent fears of vaccines and autism… thank you for being sensible,” said Facebook user Stuart Duncan. “Thank you for doing what’s right.”
Zuckerberg previously addressed support for vaccines in a post about one of the works selected for his book club.
“Vaccination is an important and timely topic. The science is completely clear: vaccinations work and are important for the health of everyone in our community,” he said.