By Matthew Roscoe • 04 November 2020 • 10:36
DAVID Icke has been banned from Twitter over anti-Covid comments, in a move that aligns with Facebook and YouTube.
The controversial conspiracy theorist has consistently claimed that there is more to the Covid pandemic than meets the eye, even going as far as calling it a “PLANdemic”.
A Twitter spokesman told the BBC: “The account referenced has been permanently suspended for violating Twitter’s rules regarding Covid misinformation.”
The action comes six months after Facebook and YouTube took similar action, saying Mr Icke had posted misleading claims about the pandemic.
The 68-year-old had about 382,000 followers on Twitter before he was banned, with his latest attacks being aimed at Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci and the philanthropist Bill Gates.
The former footballer has made many bold claims that counter the mainstream narrative and has become a favourite among the mainstream media, stating that 5G mobile phone networks were linked to the spread of the virus, and that a Jewish group had also been involved.
It was only a matter of time before the social media giants removed David Icke and now he will have to find other ways to express his freedom of speech, whether he is spreading fake news or not.
Twitter announced in July that any tweets about Covid-19 that go against “claims of fact, demonstrably false or misleading, and likely to cause harm” would result in accounts being permanently removed if they repeatedly broke this rule.
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