As the report argues, the groups spread ‘misleading and false scientific’ information, such as the claim that masks can harm the health of those wearing them.
There is an almost complete scientific consensus around the globe that masks are risk-free and effectively help curb the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The mask protects both the wearer and those around them scientists say.
The number of people who are members of such anti-mask groups on the largest social network has increased by 1,800% in the two months of August-September, according to an analysis by Facebook’s Crowdtangle tool.
Nearly half of the anti-mask groups have been formed in the last quarter, with high-profile groups such as “Alliance for a Mask-Free America.”