That statistic comes from the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), which in a report released in March identified about a dozen people who were allegedly super-disseminators of anti-vaccine misinformation.
At that time, the CCDH asked on Facebook and Twitter to close all sites operated by these people.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent figure in the anti-vaccine movement, is one of those people who should be banned from social media, according to the CCDH.
Kennedy’s page on Facebook’s own Instagram was closed earlier this year for sharing Covid-19 misinformation, Facebook said. Kennedy is still allowed, however Facebook ( himself, and he has more than 300,000 followers on the platform. )
A Facebook spokesperson told CNN on Thursday why Kennedy was kicked off one of its platforms but didn’t: “We don’t automatically disable accounts in our apps because the accounts may post about different things on our various services.”
When the CCDH report was released in March, Kennedy told NPR that he had become more cautious on Facebook, which he also accused of censorship, according to NPR. “I have to post pictures of unicorns and kittens there,” he said.
The CCDH announced on Friday that 35 social media accounts associated with the identified people have since closed and have lost 5.8 million followers, but 62 accounts with a total of 8.4 million followers are still active.
CNN reported Thursday that meetings between the Biden administration and Facebook had become “tense,” according to a person familiar with the talks.
The person specifically cited Kennedy’s still active Facebook account as an example of what some White House officials view as Facebook’s inaction regarding Covid-19 misinformation.
A Facebook spokesman told CNN on Friday that the company closed down some pages and groups that were among the dozen or so people identified by the CCDH, but would not say which pages.
A spokesperson for Twitter ( did not immediately respond to a request for comment. )