European influencers are offered THOUSANDS to smear Pfizer vaccine
European influencers are offered THOUSANDS of pounds to smear Pfizer vaccine: Fake London ad agency ‘run by Russians’ attempts to generate negative posts about the Covid jab
- European influencers have been offered money to spread lies about Pfizer jab
- French and German media stars were contacted by fake London ad agency
- They were told to link to articles explaining how vaccine was causing deaths
European influencers have been offered thousands of euros by a fake London ad agency with apparent ties to Russia to spread lies about the dangers posed by the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
Fazze last week contacted French health and science bloggers and asked them – in poor English – to ‘explain… the death rate among the vaccinated with Pfizer is almost 3x higher than the vaccinated by AstraZeneca’.
The influencers were told to publish links on YouTube, Instagram or TikTok to articles about a leaked report containing data that supposedly shows how the Covid vaccine is causing hundreds of deaths.
One of the articles, published in Le Monde in January, is about data stolen by Russian hackers from the European Medicines Agency and later published on the Dark Web. It contains no information on death rates.
The pages on the other two sites – Reddit and the Ethical Hacker – have been deleted.
Fazze claimed to be based at Percy Street, but is not registered on Companies House and on Tuesday closed its website and made its Instagram private.
Its management come from Moscow and have worked for an agency founded by a Russian entrepreneur, according to LinkedIn.
The bizarre case is likely to raise fears of Russian and Chinese ‘state-sponsored disinformation’, after an EU study accused the regimes of sowing mistrust in Western vaccines by making ‘unfounded links between shots and deaths in Europe’ and promoting their jabs as superior.
Leo Grasset runs a YouTube channel titles ‘Dirty Biology’ where he discusses scientific topics in a humorous manner. He was asked by an unknown organisation to smear the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine
A man receiving a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the giant vaccination center against the Covid-19 set up at the Porte de Versailles convention centre in Paris on May 15, 2021
Fazze, which called itself an ‘influencer marketing platform’ connecting bloggers and advertisers, claimed to be based at Percy Street but is not registered there. Today it closed its website and made its Instagram private
The EU last month accused Russia and China of engaging in campaigns to erode trust in the West’s coronavirus strategy and vaccines.
The 27-member bloc also raised concerns that the aggressive states are using these efforts to exert greater influence on the Western Balkans.
A report published by the EU External Action Service (EEAS) on disinformation found that ‘state-sponsored disinformation’ efforts have intensified since the beginning of 2021, as rollouts pick up pace.
Both states have ramped up efforts to promote their own vaccines and ‘undermine trust’ in Western jabs.
The EU report said the regimes have achieved this by ‘using state-controlled media, networks of proxy media outlets and social media, including official diplomatic social media accounts’.
In Russia, state media outlets have been trying to ‘cast doubt’ on the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and accusing the body of delaying the approval of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
And in China, state media have promoted ‘misleading narratives’ about the origins of the coronavirus as well as the safety of Western vaccines.
Screenshots of emails posted to Twitter by French YouTuber Leo Grasset show that the influencers were asked to tell their subscribers that ‘the mainstream media ignores this theme’.
They were also briefed to question: ‘Why some governments actively purchasing Pfizer vaccine, which is dangerous to the health of the people?’
Fazze also asked them to ‘act like you have the passion and interest in this topic’, and to avoid using the words ‘advertising’ or ‘sponsored’ in posts because ‘the material should be presented as your own independent view’.
Mirko Drotschman, a German podcaster with 1.5 million subscribers, also posted a screenshot of an email asking him to take part in an ‘information campaign’ about ‘a significant number of deaths’ after the Pfizer jab.
Grasset was among those contacted. He said Tuesday that he was offered a potentially lucrative but also hush-hush deal to make bogus claims that Pfizer’s vaccine poses a deadly risk and that regulators and mainstream media are covering up the supposed dangers.
Grasset, who has 1.1 million subscribers on YouTube, says he refused. Other France-based influencers with sizable audiences on Twitter, Instagram and other platforms also said they were contacted with similar offers of payment for posts.
The person who contacted Grasset identified himself as Anton and said his agency has a ‘quite considerable’ budget for what he described as an ‘information campaign’ about ‘COVID-19 and the vaccines offered to the European population, notably AstraZeneca and Pfizer.’
Specifically, Anton asked for a 45- to 60-second video on Instagram, TikTok or YouTube to say that ‘the mortality rate of the Pfizer vaccine is 3x greater than the AstraZeneca’ and querying why the European Union is buying it.
‘This is a monopoly and is causing harm to public health,’ Anton claimed of EU’s purchases.
He refused in a follow-up email to divulge who is financing the disinformation campaign, saying: ‘The client prefers to remain incognito.’
Grasset shared the email exchanges with The Associated Press. The smear effort drew a withering response from French Health Minister Olivier Veran.
‘It’s pathetic, it’s dangerous, it’s irresponsible and it doesn’t work,’ he said.
The AP sent emails requesting comment to a contact address listed on Fazze’s website and to the email address used by Anton. Neither elicited an immediate response. Anton’s emails included a password-protected link to a set of instructions in error-strewn English for the would-be campaign.
It said influencers who agreed to take part shouldn’t say that they were being sponsored and should instead ‘present the material as your own independent view.’
Screenshots of emails posted to Twitter by French YouTuber Leo Grasset show that the influencers were asked to tell their subscribers that ‘the mainstream media ignores this theme’
A woman receives Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at the National Velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, west of Paris
Other instructions were that influencers should say ‘that mainstream media ignores this theme’ and should ask why governments are purchasing Pfizer.
A trainee doctor in southern France with tens of thousands of followers who was also approached for the smear effort told French broadcaster BFMTV that he was offered more than 2,000 euros ($3,000) for a 30-second video post.
Grasset said that given the large size of his YouTube following, he possibly might have earned tens of thousands of euros had he agreed to take part.
Instead, he wrote back that ‘I can’t work for a client that won’t give its name and who asks me to hide the partnership.’
‘Too many red flags,’ Grasset said in an interview with AP. ‘I decided not to do it. ‘They wanted me to talk about the Pfizer vaccine in a way that would be detrimental to the Pfizer vaccine reputation.’
He said the disinformation effort drives home the need for people ‘to be super, super cautious’ about what they see online.
‘We creators on YouTube, on internet, Instagram, et cetera, we are at the center of something going on like an information war,’ he said. ‘We, as creators, need to set our standards really high because it’s, I think, just the beginning.’
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