Three months after the company, has found evidence of people using one of Facebook’s features to skirt its policies. The company custom borders for their profile pictures that they can then upload so that other people can freely use them. The idea behind these is to enable for a cause. But borders found by CNBC and Engadget express the anti-vaccine has tried to prevent from spreading.
For instance, Facebookcontent suggesting it’s safer to get sick from COVID-19 than to be vaccinated against it. Yet, many of the frames the company ostensibly prohibits. “I trust my , not a shot,” says one of the borders. Another plays on Je Suis Charlie, a slogan from the Charlie Hebdo shooting in 2015, and the 5G that circulated at the start of the pandemic. “Je suis . Roughly translated, “I am vaccinated for 5G.”
When CNBC reached out to Facebook, it confirmed the framesand was working to remove them from the platform. As of the writing of this article, it’s still possible to add the borders to your profile picture. For the most part, they’re also trivial to find. It’s unclear how long the images have been around or how many have added them to their profile pictures. However, , it appears only a handful of people made many frames.
“We are actively promoting profile frames that encourage people to share their support forand removing any that break our rules,” a spokesperson for Facebook told Engadget. “More than five million people globally have used one of these profile for the vaccines, and more than half of people in the US on Facebook have already seen someone use one of our profile frames encouraging support for vaccines.”
The company also pointed us to apublished on Tuesday that details the usage of pro-vaccine profile frames. According to Facebook, more than 5 have added images to their profile pictures. It also claims that more than 50 percent of Facebook users in the US have seen a profile with the frames it developed with help from the US Department of and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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