According to a new report from the San Francisco Standard, a number of social media accounts promoting COVID-19 mask mandates, COVID-19 restrictions, support for Ukraine other liberal ideologies are actually fake accounts with made up posts.
For example, there was an account under the name “Dr. Robert Honeyman” using the pronouns “they/them.” The account posted a tweet saying that their sister died from COVID-19 in November 2022. The tweet had more than 43,000 likes and was retweeted 4,000 times.
A month later, the account said that their husband had gone into a coma from COVID-19.
“Sad to announce that my husband has entered a coma after being in hospital with Covid. The doctor is unsure if he will come out,” the account tweeted. “This year has been the toughest of my life losing my sister to this virus. This is the first time in my life I don’t see light at the end of the tunnel.”
“Honeyman’s” profile picture was a stock photo.
The “husband,” Patrick Honeyman, was a photo of someone who works in insurance and lives in Indiana.
The Standard reported that “The two fake doctors, whose accounts urged extreme caution about Covid-19, were part of a network of at least four fake accounts that touted their ties to the LGBTQ+ community, vocally advocated for mask-wearing and social distancing, and dished out criticism to those they felt were not taking the pandemic seriously.”
They also reported that one of the fake accounts, under the name Dr. Gerold Fischer, “displayed rainbow, trans and Ukrainian flags next to his name and described himself as ‘an ally for all in the #LGBQT+ Community. #WearAMask.'”
The Stanford explained that the fake gained so much traction by listing and promoting all liberal ideologies.