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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been banned from Instagram

February 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr., speaks against legislation to narrow exemption to state mandated vaccines during a rally at the state Capitol Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Instagram on Wednesday took down the account of controversial anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

(CNN Business)Instagram on Wednesday took down the account of controversial anti-vaccine activist Robert F.

"We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines," a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said in a statement.

Kennedy, has repeatedly spoken out against vaccines.

Kennedy's Facebook page, with more than 300,000 followers, was still active at the time of publication.

Children's Health Defense, the nonprofit group Kennedy chairs that expresses skepticism about the health benefits of vaccines, said it could not immediately comment on Instagram's actions.

Facebook has struggled for years to crack down on vaccine misinformation, and announced yet another effort to do so earlier this week.

On Monday, the company announced several ways it plans to better combat vaccine misinformation, including making it harder to find accounts through searches on Facebook-owned Instagram that discourage people from getting vaccinated.

The announcement comes a day after CNN Business reported that Instagram continued to prominently feature anti-vaxxer accounts in its search results, while Facebook groups railing against vaccines remained easy to find.

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