Report: NC physician just one of 12 people spreading most COVID misinformation on social media

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46) – Just 12 people today are dependable for the extensive majority of COVID-19 misinformation on social media, according to a report from the Centre for Countering Digital Hate.

The report discovered the so-called “Disinformation Dozen” is responsible for 73% of anti-vaccine content material on Fb.

“These 12 individuals are out there supplying misinformation. Any individual listening to it is receiving hurt by it. It is killing persons,” President Joe Biden said Monday.

The team of prolific social media influencers features the nephew of previous President John F. Kennedy. Alongside with Charlotte-spot health practitioner Dr. Rashid Buttar.

“Rashid Buttar is an osteopath doctor and conspiracy theorist recognized for video clips posted to his YouTube channel,” the report states.

Buttar, a health practitioner of Osteopathic Medication, has been reprimanded twice by the North Carolina Board of Health-related Examiners for unprofessional carry out.

He was also cited by the Food and drug administration for the illegal advertising of unapproved prescription drugs.

Buttar was included in the report for posts linking the COVID-19 vaccines to infertility.

In a video clip posted to YouTube, that has due to the fact been taken down, Buttar claimed that masks bring about COVID-19.

“The just one detail you must be doing if you’re concerned about COVID-19, get your facemask off,” he mentioned in the online video.

At one particular level Buttar had practically 50,000 subscribers on his YouTube page. Buttar couldn’t be attained for comment.

But he has spoken out towards the report from the CCDH in the past.

“YouTube, Instagram, Fb and Twitter have now de-platformed me,” Buttar stated in a video posted to his Telegram profile. “I assume it is in direct response to the strike piece the ‘Disinformation Dozen.’”

Dr. Darren Linvill, a professor of disinformation at Clemson, suggests Buttar and the others on the list bear some responsibility for people who get unwell due to the fact they aren’t vaccinated.

“Some percentage of individuals persons are dying because they didn’t get the vaccine. And a good deal of individuals are not having vaccinated mainly because of data they picked up on social media,” Linvill reported.

Fb claims it has deleted extra than 18 million posts with COVID-19 misinformation.

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