TWITTER has permanently banned nutty conspiracy theorist David Icke over false claims he made about coronavirus on the platform.A spokesman for the so
TWITTER has permanently banned nutty conspiracy theorist David Icke over false claims he made about coronavirus on the platform.
A spokesman for the social media platform said Tuesday that the 68-year-old had violated its rules regarding misinformation.
In a blog post from July 14, the company wrote: “We will continue to remove demonstrably false or potentially misleading content that has the highest risk of causing harm.”
The move follows YouTube and Facebook terminating David’s accounts in early May for the same reason.
The former footballer has made controversial unproven claims about the virus on several internet platforms.
He has previously spread baseless claims about the “dangers” of 5G radiation and the bonkers ant-Semitic theory that the world is run by a secret group of alien lizard people, many of whom are Jewish.
Famous medics including Dr Christian Jessen and former junior doctor Adam Kay have called on social networks to remove him from their platforms.
They are backed by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), who claim his conspiracies over Covid-19 have been viewed more than 30million times.
CCDH had called for Twitter and Instagram, the latter of which is owned by Facebook, to permanently ban the ex-goalkeeper and his content from their platforms.
The centre said after the latest removal: “Twitter had allowed him to continue spreading anti-Semitic hatred and dangerous Covid misinformation for months.”
Countdown presenter Rachel Riley celebrated Mr Icke’s departure from the the popular website, tweeting: “The UK’s foremost hate peddler/conspiracy grifter has finally been chucked off Twitter.”
Mr Icke’s Instagram page, which has 212,000 followers, is still active and posted a video on the weekend of him telling a large crowd in Birmingham to “choose freedom”. The video has been viewed more than 85,000 times.
YouTube axed Icke’s account in May after repeatedly warning him that he had violated its policies by posting misleading information about the coronavirus pandemic.
He had over 900,000 subscribers and his videos regularly got over 100,000 views.
His false 5G theory has been viewed over 30million times across social media, including Facebook, from which he is also now banned.
Can 5G radiation cause harm?
Here’s what you need to know…
Online conspiracy theorists are claiming that 5G can cause harm.
Early theories suggested 5G could lead to cancer – and now crackpots have linked it to coronavirus too.
But it’s simply impossible for 5G to cause any of these problems.
Radiation damages cells by breaking them apart, but 5G microwaves simply lack the power to do this.
5G is a low-frequency radiation, far below infrared and visible light.
In fact, it’s essential that 5G is low-frequency, because higher frequencies are less useful at delivering mobile signals over large areas.
We know that this level of radiation is safe, because otherwise the visible light from our televisions would have killed us a long time ago.
Even very powerful low-frequency radiation won’t hurt you. For instance, microwaves can be used in ovens to provide a heating effect – but phone signals are far less powerful than that.
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In other news, scientists recently debunked the bonkers myth that 5G causes coronavirus and other ailments.
Moronic arsonists began attacking 5G masts after the baseless claims spread across social media earlier this year.
And we share the truth about 5G frequency, radiation and microwaves.
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