Amazon removes books promoting misinformation about curing autism

This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

(WTHR) — Amazon is removing books that promote autism cures and vaccine misinformation.

Amazon confirmed Tuesday to NBC News that two books — "Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism" and "Fight Autism and Win" — had been removed from its marketplace.

The books unscientifically claim children could be cured of autism by methods like batching in potentially toxic bleach and taking medication meant for victims of arsenic and lead poisoning.

Amazon has faced criticism for allowing books to be sold that promote vaccine misinformation, although Amazon has not answered specific questions about why the books were removed.

However, it does follow announcements from other websites. Just last week, Facebook announced it would "downrank" all posts that shared false information about vaccines.

To learn more about autism, click here for information for the CDC.

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