Anti-vax Facebook groups are using secret codes like 'dinner party' and 'pizza king' to dodge crackdowns on misinformation

Anti-Vaxxers have reportedly used secret code names such as "Dinner Party" and "Dance Party" to disguise Facebook groups. Rafael Henrique / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images
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Anti-Vaxxers have reportedly used secret codes such as "Dinner Party" to disguise Facebook groups.
The private groups have thousands of members and use encrypted language to advance disproved vaccine theories, NBC News reported.
The groups are trying to avoid raids against misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine by Facebook.
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According to NBC News, anti-Vaxxers have reportedly used secret code names such as "Dinner Party" and "Dance Party" to disguise Facebook groups to avoid raids on misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine by the social media giant .
The Facebook private groups have a large following and also use coded language to advance disproved vaccine theories, according to NBC report by reporters Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, which cited screenshots provided to the news agency by several group members.
For example, a group called "Dance Party" has more than 40,000 members and no longer allows new users to join as a result of Facebook's efforts to censor false claims about the coronavirus vaccine, according to NBC News.
The group "Dinner Party", which is a complement to the group "Dance Party", has more than 20,000 members and was founded by the same moderators, said the news agency.
The secret language used by group members includes words like "danced" or "drank beer" to refer to "the vaccine," according to NBC News.
In addition, the words "Pizza" and "Pizza King" are generally used to refer to the COVID-19 vaccine maker Pfizer, while "moana" is used to refer to Moderna, also a developer of the coronavirus Vaccine.
According to NBC News, a group member posted that her husband fell ill after "going cross country where we spent 2 nights with dancers" or people who were vaccinated.
"He believes the glitter caused the shingles to reactivate by being around those who were dancing," the group member said, according to NBC News.
Codewords have also been used by anti-vaccination influencers on Instagram, the news site reported.
"Vaccine activists take part in Leetspeak while the Internet is around," Joan Donovan, director of research at Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, told NBC News. "It's part of the anti-vaccine culture."
President Joe Biden recently said that social media platforms like Facebook are "killing people" by allowing vaccine misinformation to be spread, which prompted Facebook to shoot back at the commander in chief. Biden later went back to his remarks.
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