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– Associated Press writer Ali Swenson in Semora, North Carolina, contributed to this report.
The US military has not arrested Dr. Deborah Birx
CLAIM: The US military has arrested Dr Deborah Birx for conspiring with Dr Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to push face masks on Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FACTS: Birx, the former White House coronavirus response coordinator, has not been arrested.
This false claim spread as real after appearing on a website known for its satirical and parody content. “US Army Arrests Dr Deborah Birx,” read the title of the article, which was posted on the Real Raw News site on Saturday. The story claims Birx was arrested because she conspired with the CDC and top infectious disease expert Dr.Anthony Fauci “to trick the American public into believing that face masks were an effective method of alleviating the spread of COVID-19 “. The fake story spread to YouTube, Instagram, and conspiracy theory forums, and was shared by netizens, including a former congressional candidate from Georgia.
Birx has not been arrested, according to Jo Trizila, founder of TrizCom Public Relations, which represents ActivePure Technologies, where Birx is currently chief medical and scientific advisor. In an Internet research, no credible current report suggests that there is any truth in this claim. RealRawNews, the website that posted the story on Birx, has already posted a slew of debunked claims, including that Navy SEALs arrested former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The website includes a disclaimer stating that its content “contains humor, parody and satire”. Research suggests statewide mask warrants have been effective in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.