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Teen who got vaccinated despite parents blames Facebook for spreading misinformation

A teenager who testified before Congress on Tuesday about his decision to get vaccinated against his mother’s wishes blamed Facebook and other websites for spreading misinformation about the risks of vaccines.

Ethan Lindenberger, a high school student in Ohio, told the Senate Health Committee that his mother’s views that vaccines were unsafe were bolstered after reading information shared on Facebook by “illegitimate sources.”

He specifically referred to “anti-vax” pages on Facebook, citing a study by The Atlantic that found that seven anti-vax pages generated 20 percent of the top 10,000 vaccination-related posts in a three-year period.

“With my mother it continues to influence her views, along with countless Americans,” Lindenberger said.

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