Coronavirus: David Icke official Facebook page removed, Facebook took down the conspiracy theorist David Icke’s official page to post “health news that could cause physical harm.”
Mr Icke has made some assumptions about coronavirus, such as claiming that 5 G cell phone networks are related to the virus spread. He indicated in one video that a Jewish organization stand behind the virus.
Following the ban, his Twitter account posted: “Nazi Facebook deletes David Icke-the elite are TERRIFIED.” Facebook said in a statement: “For repeated violations of our negative misinformation policies we have deleted this page.”
Action group the Center for Combating Digital Hate (CCDH) released an open letter calling on tech firms to block Mr Icke’s accounts on Friday.
The letter said that Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube had spread to millions of people “Icke’s bigotry and disinformation on Covid-19.”
It was co-signed by MP Damian Collins, Dr Christian Jessen, Dr Dawn Harper and Dr Pixie McKenna, as well as celebrity medics.
The CCDH said Mr Icke’s videos that made “untrue and conspiracy allegations about Covid-19” had been viewed online more than 30 million times.
A YouTube interview in which Mr Icke falsely claimed that a Jewish organization was behind coronavirus, an Instagram post in which he falsely claimed 5 G cell networks left people unable to consume oxygen, from a YouTube video, he falsely claimed that it was not possible to catch the virus by shaking hands, from a Twitter post, he falsely claimed that Germany was trying to “legalize rape” against Muslim men.
The letter was released after Mr Icke’s page was deleted from Facebook.
YouTube pulled an interview with Mr Icke in April, saying that “there is a link between 5 G and this health crisis.”
When asked for his response to news of 5 G masts being set on fire in England and Northern Ireland, he replied: “If 5 G progresses and reaches where they want to take it, human life as we know it is finished … so people have to make a decision.” Facebook subsequently deleted the same video claiming it broke its disinformation laws.
The telecoms regulator Ofcom later found local TV channel London Live in violation of requirements for an interview with Mr Icke about coronavirus that was broadcast.
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