Viral 'Plandemic' Video Prompts Social Media Frenzy

Headline Roundup May 9th, 2020

A viral video promoting an alternative theory to the coronavirus pandemic triggered a wave of controversy on social media this week, underscoring the way conflicting information and misinformation can spread during a crisis. The video, posted to YouTube and titled "Plandemic: Part I", features a former National Cancer Institute researcher suggesting that the coronavirus was a "planned" conspiracy and positing a number of false or misleading claims. The video received millions of views before YouTube removed it for violating its policy against "COVID-19 misinformation."

Outlets across the aisle covered the video and reactions to it, with many publications seeking to counter the interviewee's dubious narrative with fact checks and analysis. Those on the left were more likely to call the video's contents false outright, while those on the right focused more on its removal from YouTube and other platforms.

Editorial note: AllSides is not doing an independent analysis of the claims in the documentary or of the coverage of it, and notes that any false or misleading claims within the documentary do not mean everything in the documentary was false. In the current online environment filled with bias, hidden agendas and misinformation, we recommend a healthy dose of skepticism and critical thought. Updated 5/11/2020 at 4:59 p.m. ET

Viral 'Plandemic' Video Prompts Social Media Frenzy

From the Right
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Social media networks are scrambling to get rid of a viral conspiracy video spreading false claims about the coronavirus, according to a report.

The roughly 26-minute “Plandemic Movie” has been viewed and shared widely on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Vimeo, and clips of it also circulated on Twitter this week, CNBC reported.

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From the Center
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ANALYSIS

A slickly produced 26-minute video called Plandemic has exploded on social media in recent days, claiming to present a view of COVID-19 that differs from the "official" narrative.

The video has been viewed millions of times on YouTube via links that are replaced as quickly as the video-sharing service can remove them for violating its policy against "COVID-19 misinformation."

In it, filmmaker Mikki Willis conducts an uncritical interview with Judy Mikovits, who he says has been called "one of the most accomplished scientists of her generation."

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From the Left
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OPINION

If ever a person should have a good B.S. detector, one might think it would be Arthur Conan Doyle. His deathless creation, Sherlock Holmes, is perhaps the most compelling rationalist ever born. Others fall prey to confusion, coincidence, prejudice or wishful thinking. Not Holmes. The great detective sees all that is relevant, ignores everything extraneous and follows the facts using the map of cold logic.

And yet, 100 years ago, when Sir Arthur’s fame was at full flood throughout the English-speaking world, he was completely taken in by two schoolgirls...

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