Amazon Prime Video is full of dodgy documentaries pushing dangerous cancer 'cures'

4 June, 2019

Amazon's streaming site is crammed with pseudoscientific documentaries laden with conspiracy theories and pointing viewers towards unproven treatments

Opening paragraphs below and a comment from me below. Full text here: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/amazon-prime-video-cancer-cure-documenta...

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The homepage of Amazon’s Prime Video is full of glossy Amazon originals and big-budget films designed to tempt people into subscribing to the firm’s video streaming platform. But peek below the surface of Prime Video and you’ll find a deep well of pseudoscientific documentaries pushing potentially harmful cancer ‘cures’, suggesting that fluoride in water causes neurological diseases and arguing that gene-edited crops are harmful to human health.

At its best, Prime Video’s disturbing underbelly is stuffed with conspiracy theory-laden content, but at its worst the platform’s recommendation algorithms push viewers towards dangerous medical misinformation masquerading as fact. Other films available through Prime Video suggest that diseases like cancer and diabetes can be “reversed” by eating plants, or that cancer can be cured using unproven treatments...

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Comment (NPW): As demonstrated by HIFA and the New York Law School in 2012, governments that are party to international human rights treaties (ie almost all governments) have a legal obligation under international human rights law to ensure that their population has access to reliable healthcare information. Governments therefore also have a legal obligation to take measures to protect the public from health misinformation. Currently, most governments appear to be ignoring this important human rights obligation.

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Information for Citizens, Parents and Children:

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org