Social media and video platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are racing to remove a slickly-produced interview with widely discredited scientist Judy Mikovits. The viral “Plandemic” video lasts more than 20 minutes and peddles numerous debunked conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.
The video called “Plandemic: The Hidden Agenda Behind Covid-19” has been viewed tens of millions of times before platforms begin removing it, according to Politifact, a fact-checking website run by the nonprofit Poynter Institute for Media Studies. The site has extensively debunked claims made in the video.
The video is billed as a preview of an upcoming documentary and was produced by Elevate, a California production company run by Mikki Willis.
Wills claimed in a Facebook post in April the project will result in a “full length documentary intended to blast the light of truth into the darkest corners of our corrupt healthcare system.” The widespread effort to remove the “Plandemic” video is another example of tech companies trying to fight misinformation circulating on social media about coronavirus that has killed nearly 270,000 people and infected about 4 million worldwide, according to the John Hopkins University data dashboard.
‘Plandemic’ is a viral video spreading misinformation
Among the conspiracies the video peddles: It attacks the record of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; promotes unproven treatments; questions the origins of the coronavirus; and claims wearing masks is likely to make you sick. The last claim has proven particularly troublesome, according to a statement from Facebook.
“Suggesting that wearing a mask can make you sick could lead to imminent harm, so we’re removing the video,” a Facebook company spokesperson said in a statement.