“We removed this account because we repeatedly shared debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines,” said a spokesman for Facebook, which owns Instagram.
However, Mr Kennedy’s Facebook page, which has more than 300,000 followers, remains active. Mr. Kennedy, the son of future former US attorney general, senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, has spoken out repeatedly against vaccines.
More recently, he had mistakenly linked the death of legendary baseball player Hank Aaron to the coronavirus vaccine shot.
As a lifelong Democrat, Kennedy also heads Children’s Health Defense, a nonprofit, which unfoundly links chronic childhood conditions like asthma, autism, and diabetes to a number of factors, including vaccines.
In an opinion piece published in the New York TimesHis niece, Kerry Kennedy Meltzer said, “I love my uncle. But when it comes to vaccines, he’s wrong.”
Regarding a post questioning the effectiveness and safety of the Covid-19 shocks, Ms. Meltzer said, “His concern – that a Covid vaccine may be unsafe and not tested properly – is widespread and dangerous not correct.”
It wasn’t the only time Kennedy was punished for his anti-vaccine activism. In May 2019, Kennedy’s sister Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, his brother Joseph P. Kennedy II and his niece Maeve Kennedy McKean wrote a scathing critic in Politico magazine for opposing vaccination despite the country’s measles resurgence was declared eliminated in the US in 2000.
“He has helped spread dangerous misinformation via social media and is complicit in instilling suspicion about the science behind vaccines,” they said.