Facebook, many times, has faced criticism for the content and material over the platform. This time, a massive group of attorneys, including more than HIV and public health agencies, 50 LGBTQ has slammed Facebook. Reportedly, attorneys have signed an open letter demanding the social network to take out factually incorrect advertisements. As per the law firms, those ads reveal a negative impact of Truvada, an HIV-prevention drug. It is a kind of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); people at risk of HIV take this medicine to prevent the virus. They call it dangerous, as such ads could threaten the people who are most at risk of contracting the disease.
The letter highlights, the advertisements are aiming at LGBTQ users of Instagram and Facebook. Apart from this, they claim this misleading information about causing significant harm to the community. Reportedly, some law firms were seeking to use Facebook’s targeted advertising features for appointing bisexual men and gay. They aimed to use those people for a collective action lawsuit against Truvada’s manufacturer, Gilead Sciences. The firms also have been seeking for patients who have had a severe impact like loss of bone density or damage to kidneys, because of the medication.
According to Dr. Joyce Jones, assistant professor of medicine at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, issues of bone density and kidney are probable risks of Truvada. He added if patients are otherwise healthy, the medication could raise one of the two health issues mentioned above. But in that case the remains a lower risk. Jones added; still, it is essential to monitor the impact of the medicine on general people. Whereas the CDC says, having a regular dose of one pill a day offers 99% efficiency in avoiding transmission of HIV. While Jones says scaring people needlessly from PrEP, which is withdrawing them away from these efforts to finish the HIV outbreak in the U.S. On the other hand, a Facebook representative said, these ads do not breach their policies for ads. Besides, third-party investigators have not rated it wrong.