Additionally, ads that contain false facts about vaccines will be rejected and removed.
Facebook says it won't allow anti-vaccinations posts to spread on its platform.
In a statement, Monika Bickert, vice president of global policy management, said, "If a group or Page admin posts this vaccine misinformation, we will exclude the entire group or Page from recommendations, reduce these groups and Pages' distribution in News Feed and Search, and reject ads with this misinformation".More news: Bayern humiliate Wolfsburg to take Bundesliga lead
Leading global health organizations such as the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have publicly identified verifiable vaccine hoaxes.
Facebook is also "exploring ways to share educational information about vaccines", possibly by adding such information to inaccurate posts, Bickert said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Social media giant Facebook says it is hiding groups and pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations from the search function of its site. "If these vaccine hoaxes appear on Facebook, we will take action against them".
Apart from that Facebook-owned Instagram will also have all ads which pertain to anti-vaccination downranked or removed. WHO in February listed "vaccine hesitancy" among its top 10 most pressing global health threats for 2019 and the United Nations last week warned against "complacency" as measles cases soared worldwide.More news: Electric power returns to part, but not all, of Venezuela
Despite the lack of evidence between the vaccine and the neurobehavioural condition, more parents appear to be shunning immunization, with public health experts warning the progress made against the disease that was declared eradicated in Canada in 1998 could be threatened, with consequences including hearing loss and inflammation of the brain greatest for children. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.
There have been increased scrutiny of the role that social media platforms play in amplifying and financing the anti-vaccine movement.
In February, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., sent letters to the heads of Facebook and Google, which also has been under fire for YouTube's role in promoting misinformation, asking how they plan to protect their users from potentially unsafe hoaxes.More news: Patent reveals possible first look at Google's gaming controller