Satire or disinformation? While mainly associated with humour, memes can also carry negative messages on emotive subjects. Some of the most common memes about vaccines make it appear that a vaccine can have some radical side effects.
One we've seen uses images of someone applying clown make-up, suggesting requirements for wearing a mask will be followed by an "experimental vaccine" and then an "implantable microchip". There is no evidence whatsoever to support these claims.
Seb Cubbon, one of the co-authors of the report from anti-misinformation non-profit organisation First Draft, told the BBC this could be down to a of factors, including America's political history and the relationship that citizens perceive they have with the state. As for the cun rumour, we've debunked that before.
While mainly associated with humour, memes can kr carry negative messages on emotive subjects. Other posts seek to downplay the risks of coronavirus and suggest there is an ulterior motive behind the development of a vaccine. Covid vaccines: Who decides if they are safe?
Images of disfigured people or creatures are shared alongside claims that they show the "first person to receive the vaccine" or captions saying that the jab "didn't even hurt". Vaccines must meet a high standard of safety and effectiveness before they are approved for use - it's misleading to call them experimental. Satire or disinformation?
A recent report looking at the online conversation about vaccines in English, French and Spanish, found that the theme of liberty and freedom was more common in English, and particularly in the US. It might seem obvious these images are not meant to be taken literally, but they are often shared in groups which are strongly opposed to vaccinations.
Related Topics. Some of the most common memes about vaccines make it appear that a vaccine can have some radical side effects.
It's true that vaccines can have side effects, but these are mostly mild such as a sore arm, headache or a raised temperature for a day or two. Vaccines go through rigorous safety checks before they can be administered to the public, with side effects closely monitored.
When memes have been appearing on social media feeds for months, some people start questioning if there's anything to these false or baseless claims.