Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo are among the companies scrambling to remove a coronavirus conspiracy video called Plandemic.
The widely circulated video makes unsubstantiated medical claims about the coronavirus and it features Judy Mikovits, a discredited scientist and activist in the anti-vaccine campaign.
In the 26-minute video, which is billed as an extended trailer for a longer documentary that the filmmakers say “will expose the scientific and political elite who run the scam that is our global health system,” Mikovits contends that wearing masks activates the coronavirus within people, without providing evidence, and criticizes orders to stay away from beaches, as Reuters reported.
“Suggesting that wearing a mask can make you sick could lead to imminent harm, so we’re removing the video,” Facebook said, according to Reuters.
A YouTube spokesperson said the company removes “content that includes medically unsubstantiated diagnostic advice for covid-19,” which includes the “Plandemic” video. A Vimeo spokesperson said the company “stands firm in keeping our platform safe from content that spreads harmful and misleading health information. The video in question has been removed by our Trust & Safety team for violating these very policies,” as The Washington Post reported.
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