Donald Trump’s daughter broke her three-month social media silence to post pictures of herself receiving the jab. She captioned the post: “Today, I got the shot!!! I hope that you do too! Thank you Nurse Torres!!!”
Ivanka confirmed in a statement to AP that she was inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine.
However, her social media post sparked a backlash among anti-vaxxers and some American conservatives.
One Twitter user wrote: “Although I love you Ivanka, I don’t agree with healthy people getting the shot.”
Another anti-vaxxer posted: “Nope not putting that in my body.”
Referencing conspiracy theories, a third Twitter user said: “No thanks! With a 99% survival rate, I shall pass.”
Despite the influx of anti-vaxxers replying to Ivanka’s post, other social media users defended her vaccination.
One Twitter user said: “I know you’re getting backlash from both sides, out of principle, I do appreciate your attempt to encourage Trump supporters to get vaccinated.
“There’ll always be echo chambers on Twitter, but just maybe you might have changed a person’s mind of their anti-vaxx stance and saved lives.”
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Representative Mike Doyle called on social media leaders to de-platform the so called “disinformation dozen”.
The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) analysed over 812,000 jab-related posts on Twitter and Facebook. They found that 65 percent of anti-vaccine posts came from the “disinformation dozen”.
CCDH’s report said: “Anti-vaccine activists on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter reach more than 59 million followers, making these the largest and most important social media platforms for anti-vaxxers.”