ANTI-VAXXERS have used the carrot emoji to secretly share dangerous posts on Facebook without being detected.
Groups with hundreds of thousands of members were found to be using the innocent vegetable in place of words like “Covid-19” or “vaccine” that would set off the social network’s alarms.
This allowed users to share unverified posts under the radar, claiming that people had been injured or killed following their sting.
Facebook became a hotbed of conspiracy theories at the height of the pandemic, forcing bosses to post warning labels on virtually everything related to the coronavirus.
The website uses artificial intelligence to automatically detect anything suspicious.
But cunning opponents of vaccination could hide in plain sight with their simple trick.
BBC Newswho uncovered the sneaky hack reported the groups to Facebook owner Meta.
They were apparently banned, but have since found their way back onto the platform.
One such group specifically asked its 250,000 members to “use code words for everything.”
The group’s rules warned users to “never use the c-word, v-word or b-word” – in reference to Covid, vaccine and boosters.
Prof Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert from Surrey University, told the BBC: “It’s a modern form of steganography: writing a message and hiding it in plain sight, but in a way that you don’t see if you don’t know where to look.
“What all of this shows is the futility of trying to automate content moderation to prevent the sharing of ‘harmful’ material.
“Best case scenario, you’re playing a whack-a-mole game as people develop new dialects to communicate with.”
Meta said, “We removed this group for violating our harmful misinformation policy and will review all other similar content in accordance with that policy.
“We continue to work closely with public health experts and the UK Government to continue to combat the misinformation about Covid vaccines.”
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