Facebook, YouTube remove ‘Plandemic’ video with ‘unsubstantiated’ coronavirus claims By Reuters

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By Elizabeth Culliford

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:) and YouTube, the video service of Alphabet (NASDAQ:) Inc’s Google, said on Thursday that they were removing a video that made medically unsubstantiated claims relating to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The 26-minute video dubbed “Plandemic” went viral this week across social media platforms. It features Judy Mikovits, an activist among people who contend that many common vaccines are dangerous.

Mikovits says in the video that wearing masks activates the coronavirus within people, without providing evidence, and criticizes orders to stay away from beaches.

“Suggesting that wearing a mask can make you sick could lead to imminent harm, so we’re removing the video,” Facebook said.

Mikovits could not be reached for comment, while producers of the video did not

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Real unemployment rate soars past 24.9%—and the U.S. has now lost 33.5 million jobs

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Before this seven-week stretch of 33.5 million initial jobless claims, there were already 7.1 million unemployed Americans as of March 13. When those figures are combined, it equals more than 40 million unemployed, or a real unemployment rate of 24.9%. That’s higher than the Great Depression peak of an unemployment rate topped 25.6%.

While the 3.2 million initial unemployment claims are down from the prior week’s 3.8 million, they are still almost five times the previous record from October 1982 of 695,000 claims. That former record has been topped for seven weeks straight.

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