Mark Zuckerberg's perfectly innocuous baby photo manages to anger anti-vaxxers.

Mark Zuckerberg's perfectly innocuous baby photo manages to anger anti-vaxxers.
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Mark Zuckerberg is better at Facebook than you, so when he wants a big reaction from anti-vaxxers, he only needs five words. Okay, so the social network God wasn't actually trying to piss people off last week. But he probably should have known that his post would really, really have that effect on the vigilant Internet community of anti-vaxxers.

Doctor's visit -- time for vaccines!

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, January 8, 2016

For those of you who don't follow Donald Trump on Twitter, an "anti-vaxxer" is someone who thinks children's vaccinations lead to autism or are generally unsafe.

In response to the Zuck's photo, some said things like, "Vaccine is poison for human kind. It kills more people than it helps. I wish people don't take it as an example here." One even accused Zuckerberg, and others squarely on the pro-vaccine side of the debate, of wanting "to stay wrapped up in your bubble and have people in white coats make you feel safe. Lemmings."

But Zuckerberg fans, primarily the aforementioned "lemmings," largely dominated the debate and praised him for his support. Comments like "Thanks for being responsible!" and "What a little cutie!! Thanks for taking care of your baby (and other peoples' babies!)" kept the anti-vaxxers from completely taking over the debate. As the Washington Post points out, "A major element of vaccine advocacy is 'herd immunity,' which protects an entire community... when a critical portion of the population has been immunized." 

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It's natural that Zuckerberg is part of the immunized herd on this one, since he's previously shared a book about it.

My next book for A Year of Books is On Immunity by Eula Biss. Vaccination is an important and timely topic. The science...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Plus his wife, Priscilla, is a children's doctor.

The Winklevoss twins could not be reached for comment, but it's entirely possible they discovered this whole "vaccinate your child" thing before Mark.

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