Mar 1, 2019 - Health

Adam Schiff demands Amazon answer questions about anti-vaxxer content

Adam Schiff.

Rep. Adam Schiff. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) wrote to Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos demanding answers on why the platform is pushing products and content that can discourage parents from vaccinating their children.

Why it matters: The anti-vaxxer issue has grown increasingly urgent as measles — which was practically eradicated in the U.S. 20 years ago — is spreading in pockets of the country that have high non-vaccination rates. Schiff's expressed concern about paid advertising on Amazon that contains willful misinformation, requesting a more "responsible" approach to "this growing public health catastrophe."

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