Jack Dorsey plugs appearance on podcast of anti-vaxxer


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been a guest on several podcasts of late that have drawn skepticism from the internet, but a new appearance on health personality Ben Greenfield’s is surprising.

On Tuesday night, Greenfield tweeted, “Just recorded an epic podcast with Twitter CEO @jack Dorsey. We covered advanced stress mitigation tactics, extreme time-saving workouts, DIY cold tubs, hormesis, one-meal-a-day & more.”

Dorsey responded, “Thanks Ben! Great conversation, and appreciate all you do to simplify the mountain of research focused on increasing one’s healthspan! Grateful for you.”

One thing Greenfield does to “increase one’s healthspan” is further the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism. As recently as February, Greenfield was tweeting about the supposed link between vaccines and autism.

“Vaccines do indeed cause autism (and for Pete’s sake, don’t trust @snopes for your news on this matter or any other alternative health news),” he wrote.

Greenfield linked to an article on vaccines by Dr. Joseph Mercola, an alternative health practitioner whose natural remedies are questionable at best.

Tech companies have begun to crack down on anti-vaccine propaganda. YouTube has demonetized anti-vaccine videos and Facebook is limiting anti-vaccine content on its platform. Anti-vaccine content is gone from Amazon Prime streaming.

A Twitter spokesperson responded to a request for comment, saying that Dorsey wasn’t aware of Greenfield’s views on vaccines and that he does not endorse them.

Earlier this month, Dorsey went on the Joe Rogan podcast, which sparked some outrage. Rogan has interviewed a number of notorious figures, notably Alex Jones, and is often called a “gateway” to far-right ideas.


Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.