Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, has made no secret his disdain for anti-vaccination. Back in February, Zuckerberg, who committed himself to recommending one book every two weeks for a full year using his Facebook status, recommended a pro-vaccination book titled On Immunity by Eula Biss. Zuckerberg pronounced the science behind vaccinations as “completely clear.”
This set off a firestorm of debate on Facebook, Twitter and across most every news publication. Pro-vaccination camps called for the CEO to block anti-vaccination pages, rhetoric and believers from using the Facebook medium (this remains a fear).
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, just gave birth to their first child. Yesterday, Zuckerberg, on behalf of himself and Priscilla, announced that he’d be committing $45 billion dollars to the world, or “equality for all children.” This is estimated at 99% of his total worth (don’t worry, he’s going to be fine), but it doesn’t relieve him of his majority stake in Facebook. The post is eerily similar in voice to Bill and Melinda Gates. The donation is vague in terms of the end game and it is announced under a bleeding heart guise, but it would seem to be more complex than that.
Zuckerberg nor Chan specify the exact destinations of the billions of dollars, but I’d be hard pressed to believe they aren’t going to end up sponsoring vaccines as a general premise. Almost one year ago to date, Zuckerberg donated $25 million to the CDC, which was disclosed by the CDC (source). The money was said to be earmarked for ground responses during the Ebola crisis, but the support / response utilization was vague.
Billions of annual dollars ending up being used for vaccination purposes would mean more vaccinations, financed legislation and potential censorship (in this case that’s a strong possibility). We use Facebook to promote our news stories, but we don’t compromise our content based on potential risk factors, such as censorship. Zuckerberg’s donation could be used for a variety of purposes with differing intents, but it is strongly possible that vaccines could come into play. The dots aren’t difficult to connect, but again, that’s my opinion, as of now, not fact.
Bill and Melinda Gates have proven what astronomical wealth can do for sociopolitical movements. They’ve donated billions of dollars to vaccinations and denied any claim that vaccines could cause injury. Zuckerberg’s stance on vaccines, in terms of their potential for harm, is similar. His financing would also be similar. And he has shown a financial history with the CDC.
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