Digital influencers, who produce content for the Youtube e Twitch, were approached by a marketing agency with the proposal that they disseminate false information about vaccines against covid-19, through an advertising contract.
According to a report made by the BBC, contacts with influencers of different nationalities started from an email sent in May this year.
In it, the marketing agency Fazze sent the script in which it asked to be told on video that ‘leaked information showed that Pfizer’s vaccine had three times higher mortality than those who took AstraZeneca’s immunizations’.
In one of the offers, the agency offered compensation of two thousand euros (about 12 thousand reais) for participating in the “campaign”.
In the scheme, however, there is a Brazilian mentioned. It’s the ‘prank videos’ youtuber Everson Zoio, with 3 million followers. He even produced at least 2 videos commenting on vaccine conspiracy theories. In one of them, he claims there is a secret base where AstraZeneca’s immunizer is prepared.
In investigating the origin of the request, the BBC discovered that Fazze is part of another company, AdNow, which is based in Moscow, Russia, and has registrations in the United Kingdom. However, the agency’s executives were unable to inform details about the action with the influencers.
Authorities in France and Germany launched police investigations to try to find out who was the secret shopper who hired the service. For German officials, the Russian government is the prime suspect, suggesting the country is trying to discredit other manufacturers to promote Sputnik V.