Group members in the Facebook group Stop Mandatory Vaccination have announced their intentions to start a civil war against the government. The members say the battle is the only way to fight “forced” vaccinations by the government.
As measles cases rip through the country, anti-vaxxers are becoming more paranoid about the government. New data released by the Centers for Disease Control reports 764 cases of the measles in 23 states. The current outbreak is the largest since 1994.
As a result of measles outbreaks, multiple states have proposed legislation to remove personal and religious exemptions for vaccines. Bills in Washington, California, and Maine are hoping to tighten exemptions on vaccines.
With an increased push by states to remove exemptions, many anti-vaxxers are becoming unhinged. In a Facebook group Stop Mandatory Vaccination, several members called for a civil war. In the past two months, we located at least three posts referencing war against the government.
“They are coming for the children; this is going to be what launches the next civil war, not gun control or racism, this.”
“I wanna start getting together people that would actually use their guns before letting government and pharma have total control (avoiding V word) … I’m talking about people who are 100% ready for a Civil War.
It’s time to make connections and prepare. I’m not good with technology, and we need a secret chat or forum that is secured. Anyone who can start that? If we don’t start banning together now, it will be too late. I am fighting for our children’s future; It’s time to start building and picking sides…”
“How many of you Would follow Me in a civil war?
UPDATE: if you have discord pm me please and if you don’t get it and dm me. I will be attempting to gather there.”
While many of the updates may be a panicked response to changes in legislation, the threat of violence against the government is clear. Anti-vaxxers are prepared to use guns and violence against the government to stop their children from being immunized.
Even though the posts threaten violence against the government, group admin Larry Cook has done nothing to remove the fear-mongering posts. In fact, several of the people have moved their group to Discord to avoid detection by Facebook.
Only a month ago, Facebook announced they would stop the spread of vaccine misinformation on their site. The company said groups promoting vaccine misinformation would be removed from searches. However, Facebook stated they would not delete groups that promote vaccine misinformation.
Not only is the post a violation of their new guidelines, but threats of violence are also a violation of Facebook’s community standards. Under the policy “Credible Threats,” Facebook states:
Calls for violence or statements advocating violence against the following targets (identified by name, title, image, or other reference)Any vulnerable person or group including (but not limited to) heads of state, national elected officials, witnesses and confidential informants, activists, and journalists
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