On April 16, a Youtube video claiming the novel coronavirus to be a “false flag” of forcing “mandatory vaccines” and microchips on people garnered millions of views although the platform pledged to crack down on COVID-19 misinformation. The video also pointed out that both Bill Gates and 5G cell phones are also somehow linked.
During the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the United States, Youtube wrote that it had “worked to prevent misinformation associated with the spread of the virus” and would “quickly remove videos that violate our policies when they are flagged, including those that discourage people from seeking medical treatment or claim harmful substances have health benefits.”
The website has also pledged to crack down on specific false conspiracy theories, including ones that claimed that 5G is connected to the virus. Youtube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki mentioned this in an interview with the CNN on April 19.
The Next News Network, a conspiracy theorist Youtube channel, known for promoting false and imprecise claims, uploaded a video titled “EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Rashid Buttar BLASTS Gates, Fauci, EXPOSES Fake Pandemic Numbers As Economy Collapses.” The video shows Dr Rashid Buttar, who HuffPost calls a “a widely discredited osteopath” uses social media to spread myths about the virus. In just a span of four days, the video has already gained 5.1 million views and more than 930,000 Facebook engagements, and the numbers are climbing.
At the beginning of the show, host Gary Fanchi talks about videos that Buttar has made, saying he has showed that there is “fraud..being perpetuated across the world by the World Health Organization, the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Bill Gates, the deep state, the mainstream media,” and there’s “hysteria being perpetuated to scare the world population based on false data.”
Buttar proceeded to push multiple falsehoods and consiracy theories throughout the video. He made the absurdly false assertion that “no one death from the virus has yet been reported” and also falsely claimed that “the number of deaths is much lower than the seasonal flu.” Buttar also argued that the death toll was exaggerated, while experts believe that the actual death is likely to be undercounted, and he argued that hospitals had fake operations.
Buttar also said that “studies explicitly indicate that if you get a flu shot you will be tested positive for COVID-19,” which is another myth that has spread through social media.
Later in the video, Buttar accused White House coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci of being a “terrorist” who has committed “traitorous” behavior and dubiously claimed that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine has “at least 99 percent effectiveness” in treating COVID-19, saying that “they’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of patients have treated, no one has died. He also indicated that the virus was linked with “5G towers” and “chemtrails,” and that that vaccinations and 5G would cause people to get sicker.
Buttar also cited a false social media conspiracy theory concerning Bill Gates to say that potential vaccines will be tracked by placing “more RF chips in everyone to see who got the vaccine” as part of “a loop that they will keep going over and over again until they have all digitized and they have RF chips in all.”
He also called the 6-foot social distancing suggestion of the CDC “total garbage” and a ruse to “decide who … should be available for dialogue and work and who should be used as a dissident or identified as a dissident and kept silent.”
Buttar later built on his Gates conspiracy theory, accusing him of having a “depopulation agenda,” arguing that vaccinations will affect hundreds of millions of people but “they’ll blame it on COVID-19.”
He added that “anyone who suggests vaccinations are needed, is either 100% ignorant or has a sinister agenda.”
The video has been shared in several groups on Facebook against 5G technology accepting the QAnon conspiracy theory. Users claimed that the video was correct and went on to call the coronavirus “a fake pandemic.”