Buju Banton Instagram Post Flagged For Covid Misinformation
Written by Rika C on August 11, 2021
Instagram has been on a fact-checking mission as the popular social media network screens posts which share misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday, Buju Banton became the latest in a number of persons who have been advocating against measures being put in place to curb the virus and promote vaccination worldwide.
Buju Banton, whose real is Mark Myrie, is among a few artists in the reggae/dancehall sphere chanting fire on the vaccines and pushing the idea that the virus is a hoax and sinister plan by governments to use curfews and such measures to oppress and control the population. The artist shared a screenshot on his Instagram account, which showed Instagram flagging the post with the disclaimer that it was spreading false information about the Covid-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has been raging as many more variants are discovered as new developments in regards to the vaccine pop up. The post in question that Buju shared was a graphic that said there was a sinister plan to release various variants of the Covid-19 virus over the next few years.
“There are PLANNED COVID-19 VARIANTS- just look at the dates when they will be “released” to the media. DON’T BE STUPID YOU ARE BEING PLAYED AND MANIPULATED,” the post read with dates from June 2021-February 2023 listed and the John Hopkins University, World Economic Forum and World Health Organization allegedly implicated in the so-called plot.
The fact-checker for Instagram noted that the post was flagged because “flawed variant information fuels baseless Covid-19 theory” and that the “schedule of planned Covid-19 variants,” is fake.