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Pete Evans 'BANNED' from Facebook over coronavirus misinformation

Disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans is convinced that Facebook has 'shadow-banned' his account after his engagement levels dropped dramatically thi

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Disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans is convinced that Facebook has ‘shadow-banned’ his account after his engagement levels dropped dramatically this month.

The former My Kitchen Rules judge, who was sacked from Channel Seven earlier this year for his dangerous and unscientific views, told fans last week that his ‘reach is disappearing by the day’.

He believes this is because of a ‘shadow-ban’, which refers to when a social media platform makes a user’s content harder to find instead of blocking them completely.  

In the dark: Disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans (pictured) is convinced that Facebook has 'shadow-banned' his account after his engagement levels dropped dramatically this month

In the dark: Disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans (pictured) is convinced that Facebook has ‘shadow-banned’ his account after his engagement levels dropped dramatically this month

In a desperate call to action on Friday, Evans told his followers to share his posts with their friends because people aren’t seeing his content organically.

Evans wrote: ‘My reach is disappearing by the day as they shadow ban my page… which is why I invite you to share as you all can have a much farther reach than I can.’

Instead of permanently removing somebody from a website, some social media users believe a shadow-ban still allows them to post freely, but makes their content and profile harder to find.

Covidiot: The former MKR judge, who was sacked from Channel Seven earlier this year for his dangerous and unscientific views, said last week that his 'reach is disappearing by the day'

Covidiot: The former MKR judge, who was sacked from Channel Seven earlier this year for his dangerous and unscientific views, said last week that his ‘reach is disappearing by the day’

Help me! In a desperate call to action on Friday (pictured), Evans told his Facebook followers to share his posts with their friends because people aren't seeing his content organically

Help me! In a desperate call to action on Friday (pictured), Evans told his Facebook followers to share his posts with their friends because people aren’t seeing his content organically

It’s believed that a shadow-banned account on Instagram or Facebook won’t appear in any searches unless the entire username is typed in, nor will the account appear in any hashtag searches.

Facebook has previously denied the practice of shadow-banning.

Despite these denials, the California-based social media company has reportedly patented a shadow-banning method.

In recent months, Facebook has taken steps to limit the spread of misinformation and fake news on its platform by removing content, employing a global network of fact-checkers and directing users to health authorities offering credible information.

Hidden: Instead of permanently removing somebody from a website, some social media users believe a shadow-ban still allows them to post freely, but makes their content and profile harder to find. (Facebook has previously denied the practice of shadow-banning)

Hidden: Instead of permanently removing somebody from a website, some social media users believe a shadow-ban still allows them to post freely, but makes their content and profile harder to find. (Facebook has previously denied the practice of shadow-banning)

It comes after Evans’ documentary The Magic Pill was recently removed from the streaming platform Netflix after its contract came to an end.

The film had copped significant backlash from health professionals since its 2017 release for falsely suggesting that the Paleo diet can potentially cure illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, autism and heart disease.

After three years on Netflix, anyone who tries to access the film now gets a 404 Not Found page. The 404 page is accompanied by the text ‘Lost Your Way?’, which ironically is what many people have been saying about Pete recently.

Banned: It comes after Evans' documentary The Magic Pill was recently removed from the streaming platform Netflix after its contract came to an end

Banned: It comes after Evans’ documentary The Magic Pill was recently removed from the streaming platform Netflix after its contract came to an end

Good riddance: After three years on Netflix, anyone who tries to access the film now gets a 404 Not Found page. The 404 page is accompanied by the text 'Lost Your Way?', which ironically is what many people have been saying about Pete recently

Good riddance: After three years on Netflix, anyone who tries to access the film now gets a 404 Not Found page. The 404 page is accompanied by the text ‘Lost Your Way?’, which ironically is what many people have been saying about Pete recently

Meanwhile, Evans is already preparing for a total ban from all major social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

He has set up his own platform, Evolve Network, where he screens his self-produced documentary films, and has joined cloud-based instant messaging service Telegram.

Evans has been involved in a string of controversies since being sacked by Channel Seven earlier this year for his extreme views.

In July, he claimed that COVID-19 was a ‘f**king hoax’ and that the pandemic ‘doesn’t compare to what is happening in the world on a large scale’.

Among his bizarre claims about the virus, Pete has previously declared he’s immune to coronavirus, and has also blamed the pandemic on 5G technology.

Moron: Evans has been involved in a string of controversies since being sacked by Seven earlier this year for his extreme views. In July, he claimed that COVID-19 was a 'f**king hoax' and that the pandemic 'doesn't compare to what is happening in the world on a large scale'

Moron: Evans has been involved in a string of controversies since being sacked by Seven earlier this year for his extreme views. In July, he claimed that COVID-19 was a ‘f**king hoax’ and that the pandemic ‘doesn’t compare to what is happening in the world on a large scale’ 

He recently endorsed fellow conspiracy theorist David Icke, a Holocaust denier who was denied entry to Australia last year after protests from the Jewish community.

His central belief is that ‘food is medicine’ and that by following a Paleo diet, people can develop superhuman immune systems that can withstand all illnesses, including COVID-19.

There is absolutely no scientific basis for this. Following a particular diet does not make a person any less likely to contract the deadly respiratory virus.

Liar: Evans' central belief is that 'food is medicine' and that by following a Paleo diet, people can develop superhuman immune systems that can withstand all illnesses, including COVID-19. There is absolutely no scientific basis for this. Following a particular diet does not make a person any less likely to contract coronavirus

Liar: Evans’ central belief is that ‘food is medicine’ and that by following a Paleo diet, people can develop superhuman immune systems that can withstand all illnesses, including COVID-19. There is absolutely no scientific basis for this. Following a particular diet does not make a person any less likely to contract coronavirus

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