Update: Victory! Elyse Anders' picture and the comment thread have been removed from Age of Autism's Facebook wall. Thanks to all who signed the petition!
When Elyse Anders decided to try to stop a misinformed, anti-vaccination commercial from running in AMC movie theaters this Thanksgiving, she was doing the right thing. The mother and blogger was trying to ensure that people weren’t misled by the paid PSA, which was developed by the anti-vaccine group Safe Minds, with support from the Age of Autism (AoA). Both of these groups still erroneously believe that vaccines cause of autism and were using the commercial to spread the idea that vaccines are harmful.
Anders used her blogging platform to urge readers to email AMC not to run the anti-vaccine PSA. After receiving hundreds of emails, AMC listened and pulled the commercial.
But then, AoA decided to get personal -- and nasty. They took Anders’ Facebook profile and put it on their wall with this message:
“This is the woman who fought to pull the SafeMinds PSA's from the theatres. It's her FB profile page photo. She is anti-choice and wants to tell you that mercury is safe and that Thimerosal is good - according to her blog. She trolls AofA regularly. As do all the pro-vaccine-injury bloggers.”
A slew of AoA supporters chimed in, wishing harm upon Anders and her child and calling her “mental.” One responder went so far as to state this: “She needs a few broken mercury thermometers in a few key orafaces [sic].”
Anders and readers have repeatedly asked Facebook to remove her photo from AoA’s wall. But even though they have used her full name, a picture of her and her child, and have threatened harm, Facebook has not responded to the reports to take the photo down.
Facebook shouldn’t be complicit in helping to foster a harmful and hateful vendetta by the Age of Autism. Sign the petition below to tell Facebook that they should immediately remove Elyse Anders’ photo from the Age of Autism’s wall.
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Recently, the anti-vaccine group Age of Autism took a photo from the personal Facebook account of Elyse Anders and used it on their wall. AoA has a vendetta against Anders, a mother and blogger, because she was integral in ending their campaign to get an anti-vaccine PSA played in movie theatres.
On AoA’s wall, they ran the photo with this message:
"This is the woman who fought to pull the SafeMinds PSA's from the theatres. It's her FB profile page photo. She is anti-choice and wants to tell you that mercury is safe and that Thimeosal is good - according to her blog. She trolls AofA regularly. As do all the pro-vaccine-injury bloggers."
A slew of AoA supporters chimed in, wishing harm upon Elyse and her child and calling her “mental.” One responder went so far as to state this: “She needs a few broken mercury thermometers in a few key orafaces [sic].”
While Facebook is surely not in the business of patrolling dueling ideologies, Anders and her supporters recognize that AoA is using the photo to incite anger and threats against Anders and her family. Anders and others have requested that Facebook remove the photo from the wall of AoA but FB has yet to respond.
I am writing today because I feel that the Age of Autism is propagating a harmful and potentially dangerous campaign by using Elyse Anders' picture and name and ask that FB respond to requests to remove the photo.
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