DOZENS OF ADS targeting Irish Facebook users with products and services containing Covid-sceptic and anti-vaccine messages have been sold by the social media giant in recent months, an analysis by The Journal has found.
A search of Facebook’s ad library this week found that the company has shown sponsored posts to Irish users which feature misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines, slogans used by anti-vaccine groups and claims that the pandemic is a hoax.
Almost 40 of these ads have run between September and this week and have targeted Irish users on Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger despite apparently violating the company’s advertising policies.
Those who bought them include a company selling t-shirts, video bloggers promoting their own content and another company which claims to offer a retreat in the south of Spain to people who have been adversely affected by Covid-19 vaccines.
The ads did not…