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Top 12 Anti-Vaccine Con Artists Identified

Posted by Jerry De Luca on Tuesday, May 25, 2021


As we’re closing on 600,000 Americans dead because of the coronavirus, anti-vaccine con artists want to dramatically increase that number by duping people into not taking the necessary precautions. These top 12 anti-vaccine deceivers are using social media to convince large numbers of people to doubt the hard, indisputable science regarding the effectiveness and life-saving properties of vaccines. Murdering fellow human beings is in style as most of these swindlers also make handsome profits by selling their alleged miracle “cures” to an endless variety of ailments. Black, Latino, and Native American communities have been especially devastated as these anti-vaxxers want to continually ravage their numbers.

An in-depth recent report from The Center for Countering Digital Hate and Anti-Vax Watch:

“Our research has also found anti-vaxxers using social media platforms to target Black Americans, exploiting higher rates of vaccine hesitancy in that community to spread conspiracies and lies about the safety of Covid vaccines. Facebook, Google and Twitter have put policies into place to prevent the spread of vaccine misinformation; yet to date, all have failed to satisfactorily enforce those policies. All have been particularly ineffective at removing harmful and dangerous misinformation about coronavirus vaccines, though the scale of misinformation on Facebook, and thus the impact of their failure, is larger. Further, they have all failed to remove the accounts of prominent anti-vaxxers who have repeatedly violated their terms of service, as documented in later sections of this report.”

The Disinformation Dozen

“The Disinformation Dozen are twelve anti-vaxxers who play leading roles in spreading digital misinformation about Covid vaccines. They were selected because they have large numbers of followers, produce high volumes of anti-vaccine content or have seen rapid growth of their social media accounts in the last two months.

“Analysis of a sample of anti-vaccine content that was shared or posted on Facebook and Twitter a total of 812,000 times between 1 February and 16 March 2021 shows that 65 percent of anti-vaccine content is attributable to the Disinformation Dozen.

“At the outset of this research, we identified a dozen individuals who appeared to be extremely influential creators of digital anti-vaccine content. These individuals were selected either because they run anti-vaccine social media accounts with large numbers of followers, because they produce high volumes of anti-vaccine content or because their growth was accelerating rapidly at the outset of our research in February. Full profiles of each are available at the end of this report.”

1. Joseph Mercola

2. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

3. Ty and Charlene Bollinger

4. Sherri Tenpenny

5. Rizza Islam

6. Rashid Buttar

7. Erin Elizabeth

8. Sayer Ji

9. Kelly Brogan

10. Christiane Northrup

11. Ben Tapper

12. Kevin Jenkins


The Disinformation Dozen                               https://cdn.centerforinquiry.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2021/05/15131138/disinformation_dozen.pdf

More To Know

Evaluating information: what you should know https://media.chop.edu/data/files/pdfs/vaccine-education-center-evaluating-info-qa.pdf  

Anti-Vaxxers Misuse Federal Data to Falsely Claim COVID Vaccines Are Dangerous https://www.vice.com/en/article/qjpmp7/anti-vaxxers-misuse-federal-data-to-falsely-claim-covid-vaccines-are-dangerous

Conspiracies Grow As COVID Spreads https://centerforinquiry.org/blog/conspiracies-grow-as-covid-spreads/  

An incomplete list of COVID-19 quackery     https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/an-incomplete-list-of-covid-19-quackery/  

Red-Rated Sites With False Claims About The Coronavirus: 427 And Counting  https://www.newsguardtech.com/coronavirus-misinformation-tracking-center/

How to read coronavirus news and learn what you actually need to know about staying safe in the pandemic                  https://theconversation.com/how-to-read-coronavirus-news-and-learn-what-you-actually-need-to-know-about-staying-safe-in-the-pandemic-144261  

Myth Busters: Dietary Supplements and COVID-19  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1060028020928052  

Vaccine Refusal and Measles Outbreaks in the US  https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2769677

Christian Vaccination information and Recommendations https://cmda.org/article/vaccination-information-and-recommendations/ 

Red Alert: Anti-Vaccination in the Age of COVID-19  https://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/red-alert-anti-vaccination-in-the-age-of-covid-19/ 

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?  https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/is-the-covid19-vaccine-safe 

Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccination https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html

How Speaking Creates Droplets That May Spread COVID-19 https://physics.aps.org/articles/v13/157

Latest Coronavirus News - Articles Written by Scientists https://theconversation.com/us/covid-19

CDC COVID-19 Websites  https://www.cdc.gov/library/researchguides/2019novelcoronavirus/websites.html

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Jerry De Luca is a Christian freelance writer who loves perusing dozens of interesting and informative publications. When he finds any useful info he summarizes it, taking the main points, and creates a (hopefully) helpful blog post.


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