Social media platforms including Facebook and YouTube have removed a viral pandemic conspiracy video that contains false, misleading or unproven claims about COVID-19, reports say.
The roughly 26-minute “Plandemic Movie” video claims to be an excerpt of a larger documentary to be released this summer and contains claims about the origins of the virus and how it spreads, CNBC reported.
The video argues the coronavirus pandemic was created to make profits off of vaccines. Among other claims that defy advice of medical experts, it suggests that sheltering in place harms consumers’ immune systems and that masks can make people sicker.
As of midweek, it had been viewed and shared widely across YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Vimeo.
“Suggesting that wearing a mask can make you sick could lead to imminent harm, so we’re removing the video,” a Facebook spokesperson told CBS News in a statement about the removal.