Anti-vaccine activist Sue Grey banned from Facebook for three days

Anti-vaccine activist Sue Grey banned from Facebook for three days

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Anti-vaccine activist Sue Grey, a lawyer who failed to contest and stop the government's Covid-19 vaccine rollout earlier in the year, has been banned from Facebook for three days.

Her page is known for spreading false rumours and dis/misinformation directed at the current administration in government — including using ivermectin which is a treatment for head lice on humans as well as worms in livestock to cure the virus. It does not prevent or reduce symptoms of the virus and is not safe to use for that purpose.

The three-day ban was for making posts that did not follow Facebook's Community Standards. She'd made the announcement on an alternative social media platform that she's got a verified tick on. Unfortunately, the post did not drive much engagement because most of her misinformed followers only follow her Facebook page.

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This development follows after Grey intentionally spread misinformation about the death of a Year 13 student who she claimed had died due to taking the vaccine. However, it is understood the student died due to a heart condition, and it was not related or linked to vaccination.

False rumours spread after she made a post on September 11 about the student — gaining over 1,400 comments before being taken down the following morning.

“Breaking news: confirmed first NZ schoolgirl vax death – the tragic early end to an innocent life two weeks post jab,” she wrote in the post. Included was a screenshot of a Telegram chat message.

Grey wrote ‘confirmed' in the post without thinking for a minute. She could not provide sufficient evidence, proof or confirmation it was in fact true.

Her source? NZ Herald reports the rumour started prior to her post when a central Auckland school student sadly died. The Herald tried to contact the principal of the school that the student attended but got no response. Though, a newsletter from the principal of a separate school had notified his students of the passing.

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Not too long after making that post, she demanded that her followers in another sign a sketchy petition that sought ‘urgent suspension' of teenagers receiving vaccination ‘following the death of an Auckland schoolgirl' — calling for followers to send messages to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and other Ministers responsible for the management of rollout.

This only undermines the efforts taken to gain control of the Covid-19 virus in Aotearoa New Zealand.

It is a part of Grey's agenda as she promoted to her page previously another bogus High Court case against the government initially scheduled for September 20. The government has temporarily postponed this to another unsaid date, thisquality understands.

Stopping the rollout will not protect eligible children and young teens from the dangerous Delta variant which has emerged in the community.

Lockdowns are just one measure apart from vaccinations enforced to ensure no one else gets the virus.

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Grey appears to believe that it is her egotistical way to undermine and give no responsibility to anyone else.

The team of five million showed expression and anger to her post, those doing the right thing looking out for the family's privacy and not inciting fear that the government is supposedly out to get everyone as part of its vaccination rollout.

Vaccinations will prevent symptoms of the virus and mostly hospitalisations. If everyone is vaccinated, including eligible teens and children, they are likely to not suffer as severe symptoms. This frees up beds for those that really need them.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the death of the student was not related to the vaccine with Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield at a 1pm presser on September 12.

“I've been advised in that particular case that there is no link, and all I would say is that those who seek to make those links, I just can't imagine how distressing that would be for family members. So, you will have seen that if there is information that needs to be shared there, it's reported to us, and we proactively share that.”

“I would just advise caution on believing some of the information that is shared by those ultimately seeking to undermine people's decision around being vaccinated.”

She added that there have been “no reports through any of our adverse events” such as the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM) system.

Source: CC/ Jacinda Ardern

Dr Bloomfield advised that a health professional would give notification in the system if a reaction or death from vaccination were to be reported.

“Even if there's a possibility, any possibility, a health professional notifies our system and of those ones where there would be a lot of interest,” he said.

“I get an email on the day and I haven't had no emails about that.”

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Grey faces three days of not being able to post to her page. If dis/misinformation is seen, it is recommended people report the appropriate pages inciting it to ensure they are held to account.

She's also the Co-leader of registered political party NZ Outdoors Party — their Facebook page promotes a significant amount of vaccine misinformation.

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The platforms typically take an actionable approach depending on their policies surrounding certain topics such as Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy and/or criticism that seeks to spread health information not true about the pandemic.

Image: SUPPLIED/CC-Sam Hudson [Wellington Parliament Buildings with Beehive in background]

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