Facebook removes David Icke coronavirus-5G conspiracy video

Facebook has followed YouTube in removing a video of conspiracy theorist David Icke falsely linking coronavirus and 5G.

YouTube said it will remove all conspiracy theory videos linking 5G and coronavirus in a bid to tackle a growing amount misinformation around Covid-19.

On Monday, a live-streamed interview with Icke was cross-published on YouTube and the London Real Facebook account, with more than 65,000 concurrent viewers watching on YouTube alone.

YouTube removed the video shortly after the livestream finished, while the video remained on London Real’s Facebook until Wednesday.

Shortly after ITV News contacted Facebook, the video was removed for breaking misinformation rules.

Icke made a number of claims including that a coronavirus vaccine, once developed, would include “nanotechnology microchips” which would allow humans to be controlled.

The former broadcaster added that the government lockdown was a “scam” and a way to control the behaviour of humans.

On the recent burning of 5G towers over false links to coronavirus, Icke said: “If you look at the situation and if 5G continues and reaches where they want to take it, human life as we know it, it’s over.”

Facebook said it is committed to removing misinformation which could contribute to physical harm and has 35,000 staff which monitors misinformation on its platform.

In a statement, they said: “Since late January, we’ve applied this policy to misinformation about COVID-19 which could contribute to real-world harm.

“This includes posts that make false claims about cures, treatments, the availability of essential services or the location and severity of the outbreak.

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