Conspiracy theorist David Icke has had his Facebook page deleted after growing concerns and calls for social media companies to combat dangerous misinformation.
Former sports commentator David Icke calls himself a professional conspiracy theorist. He is a vocal backer of the conspiracy theory that 5G technology spreads coronavirus which has prompted a wave of attacks on engineers and masts.
Some of the theories David Icke posted before he got banned from Facebook.
- a YouTube interview in which Mr Icke falsely claimed that a Jewish group was behind coronavirus
- an Instagram post in which he falsely claimed 5G mobile networks left people unable to absorb oxygen
- a YouTube video in which he falsely claimed it was not possible to catch a virus from shaking hands
- a Twitter post in which he falsely claimed Germany was moving to “legalise rape” for Muslim men
The move comes after London Live was sanctioned for an interview with Icke, and ITV presenter Eamonn Holmes apologised for suggesting that denying 5G claims “suits the state narrative”
Icke, whose other theories include that the world is run by reptiles and the royal family in the UK are lizards, has linked coronavirus to 5G, blamed Jewish cults, and claimed coronavirus cannot be transmitted through physical contact and that people with healthy immune systems are all safe.
The misinformation shared, which could cause people to ignore medical advice, has been viewed at least 30 million times online to date.
One video, in which Icke claims the Jewish Rothschild family helped plan the coronavirus outbreak, was the 27th most viewed video about the coronavirus on YouTube.
400,000 new followes
Ickes has gotten 400,000 new followers and subscribers since March and was profiting from advertisements on his platforms.
After the ban he run a sponsored ad to subscribe to him on Gaia