The Ministry of Health has deleted online comments about side effects from the vaccine: The Ministry of Health yesterday (Thursday) released official data collected regarding the side effects reported following the millions of vaccine doses given in Israel. The social media received thousands of comments and on the official page of the ministry, some of the reactions that claimed various side effects from the vaccine “disappeared”. The Corona Virus Information Center said: “The reactions that are hidden include swearing, abusive comments, lies, Pike News, links from Pike News distributors and the like.”
“I must say that following this post of yours, I am quite worried,” wrote Yair Lavie, 45, from Raanana. “Until now I thought the Ministry of Health knew about the amount of side effects but only silenced them. Now I understand that you have not seriously investigated the issue at all.”
One of the deleted responses read: “I was vaccinated with two vaccines and after the second vaccination I was left with a dysfunctional hand, writhing in pain and a feeling of circumcision that has not passed for half a year … no vaccine will enter my body anymore.” Another deleted comment read: “A close friend suffers from meningitis immediately after vaccination. Another friend who has shingles. Knows very many people who suffer from severe fatigue. Most cases do not get proper treatment or reporting by doctors and hospitals.”
Michal Or collected examples of deleted comments and said in a conversation with N12: “Hundreds of people wrote their own testimonies about the side effects after the vaccination. The Ministry of Health deleted the reactions every few minutes. Some of us collected and managed to take photos before deletion. Monitoring or encouraging reporting. “
On the other hand, many comments written on the post – remained available even when harsh criticism of the vaccines was written in them. The health system claims that what took place around the publication of the data is an “organized and orchestrated attack by vaccine opponents.” The Ministry of Health has also attached to the publication a link to a form through which side effects from the vaccine can be reported.
“Massive deletion of responses raises suspicion of attempt to suppress public debate”
Since the outbreak of the corona plague and vaccination campaign, there has been false information circulated on social media. At the same time, deleting comments could exacerbate public trust. Dr. Tehila Schwartz Altshuler, a law and technology expert from the Israel Democracy Institute, said: “Official pages funded by public funds should not delete comments from the network – unless they violate network rules or state laws. A massive deletion of responses therefore raises suspicions of an attempt to suppress the public debate. The Ministry of Health must be transparent to the public – publish complete data and not just presentations and be able to receive criticism “
The Corona Virus Information Center said in response: “The comments that are hidden are comments that include swearing, abusive comments, lies, pike news, links from Pike News distributors, etc. Some are hidden by Facebook automatically and not by the page administrators. “They are not hidden or deleted in any way. If we did not want them to respond, we would close posts for comments.”