By Rachel Clun and Liam Mannix / The Sydney Morning Herald

Health Minister Greg Hunt and health experts warn conspiracy theories and misinformation could thrive on Facebook following the social media giant’s “irresponsible and dangerous” ban on Australian media content just days out from the nation’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Mr Hunt said he was “deeply and profoundly concerned” by Facebook’s decision, which affected the pages of some state and territory health departments as well as hospitals and health charities, blocking access to vital health, COVID and vaccine-related public information.

“There is a risk that if you cannot have accurate information, that those who wish to promulgate falsehoods and fictions can do so without a response,” he said.

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