Social media platforms are taking down a viral video filled with conspiracy theories regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
The 25-minute clip, entitled “Plandemic,” claims to be a trailer for a longer documentary set to be released later this year. The video includes misleading or unproven claims around the spread of COVID-19, reported CNBC.
The video features an interview with Dr. Judy Mikovits, a former chronic fatigue researcher with ties to the anti-vaccination movement, and makes false claims that the spread of COVID-19 was aided by billionaires looking to make money on vaccinations.
In addition, the video takes aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, by distorting his words from the press briefings. The clip also falsely alleges that wearing masks can make people sicker.
By Wednesday, the video had gone viral after having been widely shared across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other platforms.
YouTube was the first to take it down and said the company removes “content that includes medically unsubstantiated diagnostic advice for covid-19,” reported the Washington Post.
Facebook followed suit by disclosing they would also be taking it down. “Suggesting that wearing a mask can make you sick could lead to imminent harm, so we’re removing the video,” a spokesperson told DigitalTrends.
According to CNBC, Twitter has blocked the hashtags ”#PlagueofCorruption” and “#Plandemic Movie” and marked the URL of the video as “unsafe.”
Vimeo also removed the clip and said it “stands firm in keeping [its] platform safe from content that spreads harmful and misleading health information.”
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