Cruel Intentions

A hateful tactic by anti-vaxxers: Encouraging each other to target grieving mothers of children who are ill or have passed away.
Online antivax group members will post horrific messages on parents’ social media, ostensibly to traumatize immunization advocates. Messaging may include accusations that the parent is lying about the child’s existence, that the parent murdered the child, or that vaccines killed the child. Aggression sometimes escalates to phone calls with threats to individuals and their families.
Pro-vaccine “spies” who have joined closed anti-vax groups to watch for such behaviors confirm the tactics.


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