Only 12 people are the authors of 65% of fakes against vaccinations. However, false news spreads widely on social media, builds up an impressive following and brings incredible dividends to its creators.
The fantasy of conspiracy theorists, according to the publication newsbeast.gr, is limitless: Covid-19 was created by pharmaceutical companies as an effective way of enrichment, during vaccination a person is injected with a microchip from Microsoft founder Bill Gates to control, the coronavirus does not actually exist, the danger of covid is exaggerated – it is no worse than ordinary flu. The number of fakes is growing like a snowball, and during the pandemic has reached an unprecedented volume.
The Internet and social networks are the main way of spreading such “news”. Indeed, in Italy you sneeze, and in Greece in a second they say “Be healthy!”. Modern technologies have greatly simplified the ways of “stuffing” – they can be done at any time of the day, in any corner of the planet, and even anonymously, that is, excuse me, under a pseudonym. The main thing is to find responsive readers, who are not lacking. Now every Internet user knows exactly where the coronavirus came from, how vaccinations threaten, whether a hateful mask is really needed and other nuances of a one and a half year pandemic.
But who is the primary source of the fakes? How does their journey begin in the vastness of the network? You will probably be surprised by the answers to these questions. As shown by the survey presented on the US State Radio NPR, the lion’s share of fake news on the planet (65%) comes from … 12 people and then spreads on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.
In just the past few days, Facebook has closed most of the accounts associated with these people and prevented 16 million messages from being downloaded. The reason is quite justified – this is not just fakes, it is a lie that is dangerous to health and even life. If you write 16 million times that vaccines cause carcinogenesis, infertility and other “troubles”, then users of social networks will not only believe in this, but will be firmly convinced that the information is reliable. And this is really dangerous. Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota, says:
“Vaccinating Americans is vital to preventing this pandemic. Internet misinformation about vaccines is deadly. This is why I asked social media platforms to take action and close those accounts that spread lies. We are referring to messages that violate the policy of correctness and contradict the conclusions of the entire medical community, and not texts that are simply about negative attitudes towards vaccines, which, after all, is a matter of opinion. However, vaccine advocates speak of blatant censorship. ”
So how do conspiracy theorists benefit from spreading science-defying news? At the same time, often reaching Greece in a translation that leaves much to be desired? Money, and not just money, but a lot of money! Who are these fake makers? These are activists, entrepreneurs, doctors in the field of alternative health care, advocating “natural health” scammers, making money selling dietary supplements of the company, and so on and so on …
They cannot be called paranoid or ideologues. These are just people in a hurry to make money on the pandemic. In search of profit, they take a real fact and deliberately distort it. As an example: in the news of the death of the best known person, it is easy to add the fact of the vaccination – the day before, a few days or even weeks ago.
Who is the “father” of the modern anti-vaccination movement? Former academician and physician 64-year-old Andrew Wakefield. He falsified scientific data and said that autism could be a consequence of vaccination. It was a deliberate massive scam that could net him up to $ 43 million. Andrew Jeremy Wakefield presented a falsified 1998 study that falsely linked measles, mumps and rubella vaccines to autism.
According to the British Scientific Journal, Wakefield founded 2 companies, registering them in his wife’s name (Immunospecifics Biotechnologies Ltd and Carmel Healthcare Ltd). Taking advantage of the panic caused by his false research, he proposed a test to detect autism. His business led to the inevitable – re-emergence of diseases that at that time had already disappeared in Britain and other countries, as many believed him and did not begin to give their children “threatened with autism” vaccinations.
Another famous fake maker is Alex Jones, an American far-right radio producer, radio show host, producer and documentary filmmaker. The number of visitors to his website has exceeded 20 million, and each show attracts at least 2 million listeners. The main theme is that vaccinations were a scam of the liberal elites. Further more. He received a lot of profit from the sale of SuperSilver toothpaste, designed, in parallel with teeth whitening, to strengthen the immune system to fight the insidious coronavirus. According to Der Spiegel, Jones’ profits reached $ 10 million a year, because the products he sells reliably get rid of various phobias, which he himself skillfully created on his shows.
Well, another successful creator and distributor of fakes from 12 “super-distributors” of conspiracy theories about the coronavirus is the nephew of John F. Kennedy. American environmental lawyer and attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. initially decided to go the beaten path and suggested that vaccines are associated with autism. Already during the pandemic, which began so well for those who want and know how to make money, he “frankly shared” unfounded theories about the connection of the coronavirus with 5G cellular networks. In addition, he seized the moment and, unsubstantiated, claimed that the January death of baseball legend Hank Aaron was part of a “vaccine-related wave.” Those who have ears, let them hear … Many believed and did not come for vaccination.