A Civil War Has Erupted in the Anti-Vaxx Movement and It's Just as Ridiculous as You'd Expect - 2020-05-14
They're pushing their dangerous views at anti-lockdown protests across the country, raising fears about the risks of any future COVID-19 vaccine. Plandemic, the coronavirus conspiracy theory video starring a discredited doctor allied with anti-vaccine activists, racked up millions of views on social media before it was banned from YouTube and Facebook. In Australia, a crowd called for billionaire Bill Gates to be arrested—all for the "crime" of funding vaccine research.
And yet, with increased visibility comes heightened pressure. And as the anti-vaccine movement tries to take advantage of the pandemic, it's been torn in half by a new feud and multiple lawsuits over the most damaging claim someone can make about an anti-vaccine activist: that they secretly support vaccines.
On one side of the fight is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., perhaps the country's most prominent anti-vaccine activist, whose own family members have disowned his anti-vaccine views. On the other is Shiva Ayyadurai, the self-styled "inventor of email" who's running in the Republican primary for a Massachusetts Senate seat.