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Saturday, May 09, 2020

A 25-minute clip of an upcoming documentary featuring a well-known anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist was viewed millions of times this week on social media, before Facebook and YouTube pledged to remove copies of it from their platforms. On Thursday, Facebook told reporters that the documentary violated its policies by promoting the potentially harmful claim that wearing a mask can make you ill.



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"Plandemic," along with other conspiracy-oriented videos, contain several inaccurate claims that could lead people to try ineffective, sometimes dangerous treatments for covid-19, or encourage people to ignore public health guidelines for staying safe.

Judy Mikovits, the anti-vaccine figure featured in "Plandemic," told YouTuber Patrick Bet-David in a lengthy conversation last week that a flu vaccine from the mid-2010s is "driving the pandemic," that wearing a mask will "activate" the virus in the body, and that Anthony Fauci should be charged with "treason." Some of those claims were repeated in the clip, which itself was supposed to be a teaser for a longer documentary.

David Gorski, a surgical oncologist at Wayne State University School of Medicine who is a well-known expert on medical misinformation, has a thorough rundown debunking the claims here."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-08 06:43 PM | Reply

File under "no ---, Sherlock".

#2 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-05-08 06:44 PM | Reply

An ex girlfriend of mine has been posting about that on social media lately. And the comments from her friends were even crazier. I always liked her, we had split amicably but this was the first time I thought I really dodged a bullet there letting her slip away.

#3 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-05-08 06:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I plan on watching this tonight. It's cropping up all over my FB and it's clear I should know what it's about.

Although everything I've read about her is not good.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-08 08:25 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by jpw

I bet you won't make it thru 5 minutes...

...unless you're a masochist.

#5 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-05-08 10:13 PM | Reply

Good science comes in peer reviewed journals. Conspiracy theories come in videos.


#6 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-05-09 05:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I watched it all. Yikes. It's baaaaaaad.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-09 06:45 PM | Reply

@#6 ... Good science comes in peer reviewed journals. ...


But we do need to wait until the "peer-reviewed" aspect of your comment. To wit...

The preprint problem: Unvetted science is fueling COVID-19 misinformation

Peer review moves to Twitter, muddling public health information.

A significant difference between COVID-19 and past pandemics--even the 2009 outbreak of H1N1--has been the speed with which information on the disease has spread.

Partly, that's down to social media, as platforms like Twitter have been embraced by scientists and doctors.

But another major factor has been the rise of what we call a preprint--an academic research paper that's posted to a publicly accessible server in advance of it having gone through the traditional process of peer review.

When unvetted science that makes bold claims goes straight to the public, that can cause problems, as illustrated by a recent preprint on coronavirus mutations covered by John Timmer earlier today....

A wonky-ish article, but worth a read, iho.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-09 06:54 PM | Reply

#8 I hate BioRxiv because it's so easy to put manuscripts up but there is no guarantee it gets published after review. It's a great way to spread bad info, as evidenced by several instances of COVID papers being published by media sources after they were put on BioRxiv.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-09 09:24 PM | Reply

@#9 .. I hate BioRxiv because it's so easy to put manuscripts up but there is no guarantee it gets published after review. It's a great way to spread bad info, ...

While I would not go as far as "hate" I do agree 100% with your view that putting up research that is not peer-reviewed is a bad thing.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-09 10:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Fact-checking Judy Mikovits, the controversial virologist attacking Anthony Fauci in a viral conspiracy video

Science fact-checked the video. None of these claims are true. The video is an excerpt from a forthcoming movie Plandemic, which promises to "expose the scientific and political elite who run the scam that is our global health system." YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms have taken down the video because of inaccuracies. It keeps resurfacing, including on the Plandemic website, which, in "an effort to bypass the gatekeepers of free speech," invites people to download the video and repost it.

But first, who is Judy Mikovits?

Um... short answer, a thoroughly discredited nutjob.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-09 11:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It's a new era. Years ago people could disagree with each other about how to interpret the truth. Today we have an ongoing, intentional effort by the lunatic fringe on the right to say the truth is irrelevant. What matters is whether you can evoke the dopamine rush that comes from a good tribal battle. Just keep the rhetoric sharp enough that everyone can tell the good guys from the bad.

Grifters and shysters galore have seen Trump stand up in front of the nation and deny what their own eyes saw. And they want a piece of the action.

#12 | Posted by cbob at 2020-05-10 09:06 PM | Reply

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