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Thousands Sign Petition To Permanently Ban Anti-Vaxx Influencers From Instagram

Stewart Perrie


Thousands Sign Petition To Permanently Ban Anti-Vaxx Influencers From Instagram

Thousands of people have signed a petition to ban influencers on Instagram if they promote anti-vaccination or 'pro-choice' ideals.

The online campaign on Change.org has specifically called out the likes of Anna Rose Richards and Taylor Winterstein.

Sarah Bartolo, who launched the petition, said these two influencers have been bragging about unproven remedies for the coronavirus to their combined following of more than 140,000 people.

"[They] use their large social media platforms on Instagram to encourage their followers to reject mask wearing, ignore medical advice from health care professionals, use unproved Covid 'cures' like Ivermectin and encourage natural immunity," Sarah wrote.

"They attend anti-lockdown protests organised by neo-Nazis; proudly live streaming their attendance and encourage their followers to do the same."

Credit: Taylor Winterstein/Instagram
Credit: Taylor Winterstein/Instagram

Anna posted false information about the death of a Sydney schoolboy after he was vaccinated against Covid-19 and she tried to attach an anti-vaxx background to the tragedy.

She's also congratulated the people who took part in the massive anti-lockdown protests in Sydney.

Taylor on the other hand has a history of promoting snake oil medicines to her tens of thousands of followers. She and her husband, Penrith Panthers player Frank Winterstein, attended the Sydney protest and were fined $1,000 each.

The petition organiser has accused Anna and Taylor of being 'dangerous and selfish' for trying to undermine the health advice given out by experts.

"They financially profit from the mistrust and falsehoods they share by increasing their audience and secure brand endorsements as they weaponise mental health and push their damaging rhetoric to tens of thousands of followers," Sarah continued.

Credit: Anna Rose Richards/Instagram
Credit: Anna Rose Richards/Instagram

"They are anti-science and share information connected to far-right extremist movements veiled by wellness and spirituality messages.

"It is absolutely disgusting and is such a slap in the face to everyone who is working so hard to fight this virus."

Despite their accounts being reported to Instagram by multiple people, they've been allowed to remain.

However, Sarah wants them to be 'held accountable' and have their platform removed before Aussies get injured, sick or die from their claims.

Instagram and Facebook have been cracking down on Covid-19 misinformation by flagging posts that are incorrect or promote ideals that go against the state or national health advice.

Taylor was blocked from doing Live Stories for breaching the social media site's Community Guidelines, however it appears she's still about to post.

Featured Image Credit: Anna Rose Richards/Instagram

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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