Just 12 people are responsible for the majority of COVID-19 conspiracy theories online, study finds. JFK’s anti-vaxxer nephew is one of the ‘disinformation dozen.’

Stock photo of disinformation, left. Robert F. Kennedy Jr, a prominent anti-vaxxer, is pictured right.
The disinformation dozen, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Jr, are twelve anti-vaxxers who play leading roles in spreading digital misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

  • 12 people are responsible for the majority of COVID-19 disinformation shared online, according to a new study.
  • The CCDH found that 65% of anti-vaccine posts on Facebook and Twitter could be attributed to the “disinformation dozen.”
  • The disinformation dozen includes a bodybuilder, a wellness blogger, and JFK’s nephew.
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The majority of COVID-19 disinformation shared online comes from just 12 people, according to a new report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH).

The CCDH analyzed 812,000 anti-vaccine posts shared on Facebook and Twitter between February 1 and March 16, 2021. It found that 65 percent of this content could be attributed to what is being dubbed the “disinformation dozen.”

On Facebook alone, the CCDH found that those 12 people were responsible for 73 percent of the anti-vaccine content on the platform.

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The disinformation dozen is made up of a bodybuilder, a wellness blogger, and a religious zealot, The Guardian reported.

Also, most notably, it includes the nephew of former President John F Kennedy. Robert F Kennedy Jr is a prominent anti-vaxxer who has proliferated disinformation connecting vaccines to autism and the COVID-19 shots to 5G phone technology.

His account was part removed by Instagram, the CCDH said, but he remains active on Facebook and Twitter.

Fewer than half of the members of the disinformation dozen – Kennedy, Sherri Tenpenny, Rizza Islam, Sayer Ji, and Kelly Brogan – have had one of their social media accounts removed or partially removed, the study said.

The CCDH is now calling on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to de-platform every member of the disinformation dozen with haste.

“The most effective and efficient way to stop the dissemination of harmful information is to de-platform the most highly visible repeat offenders, who we term the disinformation dozen,” the study said. “This should also include the organizations these individuals control or fund, as well as any backup accounts they have established to evade removal.”

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Doug Logan, the man behind the Cyber Ninjas Arizona audit, starred in an election conspiracy theory film alleging the CIA was behind election misinformation

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Cyber Ninjas owner Doug Logan talks about overseeing a 2020 election ballot audit ordered by the Republican lead Arizona Senate at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, during a news conference Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Phoenix.

  • Arizona audit leader Doug Logan, who heads the Cyber Ninjas, is in a new conspiracy theorist movie.
  • Logan appeared on “The Deep Rig,” a film that alleges that the CIA was involved in election misinformation.
  • The movie’s director is a man whose previous work claimed aliens were behind the September 11 attacks.
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Doug Logan is the man currently heading the controversial audit of the 2020 Maricopa County election results in Arizona. He is also one of the stars of a conspiracy theory documentary claiming that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump – providing an ominous voiceover alleging a lack of election integrity.

Logan is the founder and CEO of Cyber Ninjas, a private consultancy based in Florida that was nominated to audit the votes in Arizona. Logan himself is a “Stop the Steal” supporter who has been known to tout election conspiracy theories, particularly those in favor of former President Donald Trump.

According to an article by local media outlet AZ Central, Logan was revealed to be a mysterious tech expert featured in the film “The Deep Rig.” The documentary premiered over the weekend to a crowd of around 500 people at a church in Phoenix, who each forked out $25 for a ticket.

The AZ Central wrote that Logan’s identity was revealed during the premier to cheers from the audience. This came after it was earlier speculated that a character in the film called “Anon,” who works as an “application security analyst,” was actually Logan.

Local news outlet AZ Mirror reported that Logan made several statements in the movie, including allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was involved with “disinformation” and election fraud.

Per the AZ Mirror, Logan said in the movie: “If we don’t fix our election integrity now, we may no longer have a democracy.”

According to the movie’s website, the film is based on a book about a 2020 election conspiracy theory written by Patrick M. Byrne, titled: “The Deep Rig: How Election Fraud Cost Donald J. Trump the White House, By a Man Who Did Not Vote for Him.”

It is directed by Roger R. Richards, who also made a 2018 film called “Above Majestic” that claimed aliens were behind the September 11 attack.

The AP reported on June 26 that 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County have been counted and photographed, but noted that a report on the audit may still be months away.

But questions regarding the legitimacy of the audit have been raised.

Arizona GOP elections official Stephen Richer blasted the audit in a June 21 interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, saying that these processes are “insane just from a competence standpoint.” Arizona Democrats have also fought the Maricopa audit, calling it a “sham.”

The audit process itself has not been smooth sailing.

For one, the vote recount was critiqued by voting machine maker Dominion and the US Justice Department, after questions arose about the chain of custody and integrity of the ballots. In May, the Cyber Ninjas also appeared to be pursuing a far-fetched theory that ballots were flown in from Asia and smuggled into the stack, and were sifting through the ballots to find Chinese bamboo fibers.

Most recently, an expert review of the audit found that the Cyber Ninjas’ audit process had “fatal flaws,” and recommended that its findings should not be trusted.

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Leading QAnon antisemite who was retweeted by Trump was hiding in plain sight as a chiropractor from Denver, says investigation

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A screenshot grabbed from a video on Craig Longley’s YouTube channel dedicated to physical therapy. The page has since been deleted.

  • Prominent QAnon influencer ‘InevitableET’ has been identified as Craig Longley, Vice reported.
  • The antisemitic conspiracy theorist works as a chiropractor in Denver, Colorado.
  • He runs one of the most famous QAnon Telegram channels. It has over 200,000 subscribers.
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One of QAnon’s most openly antisemitic influencers has been hiding in plain sight as a chiropractor in Denver, a Vice investigation revealed.

Craig Longley, originally from Texas, has been living a double life for several years; running a popular QAnon channel on Telegram, and working as a healthcare professional in Colorado.

Known to his far-right followers as InevitableET, Longley has gone to great lengths to protect his true identity since 2017.

But he has now been identified through images of him used on his social media channels and by those in Denver who know him, Vice’s David Gilbert said.

Read more: ‘QAnon: Into the Storm’ director Cullen Hoback talks about how 2 random guys trolled the entire world and inspired a deadly insurrection

A former client of Longley at his downtown Denver clinic, who asked to be referred to as Maria, is one of the people who helped identify Longley. She told Vice that she met him at a CrossFit gym in 2016.

She later signed up to chiropractic sessions with him and told the media outlet that Longley spoke to her about Jeffrey Epstein, Hillary Clinton, and the Obamas – popular boogeymen in the QAnon world.

“He was effectively trying to red pill me,” Maria said.

Longley has also been identified via content he shared on his QAnon accounts. Three individuals, who were granted anonymity, told Vice that a profile picture of him used on his InevitableET Twitter account and an Instagram video of him reciting the QAnon Oath match the image of Longley.

A Vice review of content posted on his InevitableET pages shows that Longley has embraced many far-right views for at least four years. He has supported election fraud myths, COVID-19 denial, and the popular QAnon lie that Democratic politicians are part of a shadowy cabal of pedophiles, Vice said.

Much of the conspiracy theorist’s content has also focused on vicious antisemitism, Gilbert reported. He has taken part in the “Blue the Jew” movement, where antisemites photoshop notable Jews blue to identify them, Vice added.

He has also claimed in Instagram posts that Jews are attempting to enslave the world and has endorsed material from the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” – an infamous antisemitic conspiracy theory from the early 20th century.

In 2019, Vice reported, Longley achieved any QAnon influencer’s dream; he was retweeted by then-President Donald Trump. In that tweet, he falsely claimed that “Trump has not been impeached.”

But, following the January 6 insurrection, his Twitter account was suspended.

His banishment led him to establish the “We The Media” Telegram channel – one of the most popular forums for hardcore adherents of the discredited QAnon movement. It now has over 200,000 subscribers.

Longley’s clout in the QAnon world has also provided him with an opportunity to speak at an upcoming conference in Dallas, Texas.

The now-identified influencer will be speaking at the “For God & Country Patriots Roundup” Memorial Day weekend event alongside controversial attorney Sidney Powell, former national security advisor Michael Flynn, Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Texas GOP chair Allen West, Vice said.

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Parents of Sandy Hook victims denounce Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican conspiracy theorist who said school shootings were staged

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks as ex-President Donald Trump listens at a campaign rally on Jan. 4, 2021.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, has claimed school shootings are staged.
  • On Thursday, Republicans appointed Greene to the House Education and Labor Committee.
  • Parents of children killed at Sandy Hook called the move an “attack” on survivors.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the newly elected far-right Republican from Georgia who has embraced conspiracy theories about school shootings, will now be on a House committee overseeing the nation’s education system. And that, say the parents of a child killed at Sandy Hook, is a vile assault on truth that should have no place in Congress.

As the liberal watchdog group Media Matters revealed, Greene, two years before being elected last November, took to Facebook and declared that “none of the school shootings were real,” including the 2012 attack on a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children and six adults dead.

Instead of being ostracized, however, Greene, who has also personally harassed a survivor of the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was selected by Republican leaders on Thursday to serve on a key committee.

“Having a Sandy Hook and Parkland denier on the House Education and Labor Committee is an attack on any and every family whose loved ones were murdered in mass shootings that have now become fodder for hoaxers,” Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley said in a statement. Their child, Daniel Barden, was murdered at Sandy Hook; he was seven years old.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called Greene’s selection “appalling.” Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democratic lawmaker from Connecticut, has also denounced the appointment, sending a letter to Republican leaders denouncing Green’s “heinous and wanton disregard for school safety, student trauma, and ultimately, the truth.”

In their statement, Daniel Barden’s parents thanked Greene’s critics for understanding “that hateful conspiracy theories and suggestions that our childrens’ violent deaths never happened have no place in our society, much less the United States Congress.”

Sari Kaufman, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, earlier this month called for Greene to remove herself from Congress. “She should step down and take her radical extremism, conspiracy theories, and hate-fueled lies far, far away,” she said.

Others have since moved to make that decision for her. On Wednesday, Rep. Jimmy Gomez, a Democrat for California, announced he was introducing a resolution to expel Greene from Congress.

“Her very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government,” Gomez said.

The last time a lawmaker was forcibly removed from the House of Representatives was in 2002 when Democratic Rep. James Traficant was convicted of corruption.

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