New Dad Mark Zuckerberg Takes a Stand on Vaccines


New dad and Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making waves across the parenting sphere this week with his entry into the “mommy wars” — on one of the most explosive topics: vaccines.

On Friday in Palo Alto, California, Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself and his daughter Max with this caption:

Doctor's visit — time for vaccines!

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, January 8, 2016

Immediately, comments started pouring in from both sides of the vaccine war. The top comment on the post currently has over 33,000 “likes”:

Stuart Duncan As someone with autism, with a son with autism, as someone who is constantly watching good people put their own children at serious risk because of old, fraudulent fears of vaccines and autism… thank you for being sensible. Thank you for doing what’s right and also for showing everyone else that it’s the right thing to do as well.

Zuckerberg’s post itself has over 2.8 million “likes” and over 25,000 shares only a day later. One of the places the post was shared was on the popular pro-vaccination page “Refutations to Anti-Vaccines Memes.” On that page the post was “liked” over 6.5 thousand times, making it one of the page’s most popular posts to date:

Shout out to Mark Zuckerberg for not only creating this social media platform so that we can advocate for vaccines through some pretty amazing memes, but for being a public health advocate himself!

Posted by Refutations to Anti-Vaccine Memes on Friday, January 8, 2016

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