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Social media bigwigs wooed by secret Ad agency to slur Pfizer vaccine

By   Rini Dalvi

Date: May 27, 2021
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French social media influencers with a large audience have claimed to have been approached by a mysterious advertising agency which offered to pay a lucrative sum if they agreed to slander Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine with fake negative stories.

Léo Grasset, the renowned French YouTuber, who was among those contacted, stated that he was offered a potentially attractive secret deal to make false claims that the pharmaceutical company’s vaccine poses a fatal risk and that the regulators and mainstream media are covering up the alleged dangers. He has refused the offer, Grasset cited.

Other influencers from the country with large number of followers on Instagram, Twitter and other platforms have also claimed that they were contacted with similar offers.

Sources have reported that the person who contacted Grasset named himself as ‘Anton’ and stated that his agency has a sizeable budget for what he called an information campaign regarding COVID-19 and the vaccines provided to the European residents, particularly by Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

Anton reportedly asked the influencers to record a 45- to 60-second video on TikTok, Instagram, or YouTube saying that Pfizer’s vaccine has 3 times greater mortality rate than that of AstraZeneca and questioning why the European Union is purchasing it. Anton claimed that this is a monopoly and is harming the public health.

In a follow up email, he apparently refused to reveal who is financing the campaign, stating that the client prefers to remain anonymous

Grasset has reportedly shared the email exchanges with the media.

The person who had contacted Grasset had mentioned that he works for Fazze, an advertising agency. Reportedly, a website for Fazze used to provide a London address which had been removed from the site on Tuesday (May 25). Companies House, registrar for the UK companies stated that there is no record of Fazze.

Anton’s emails had stated that the influencers who agreed to participate should not mention that they have been sponsored and should instead introduce the material as their own independent opinion.

Source credits: https://apnews.com/article/europe-social-media-coronavirus-pandemic-business-coronavirus-vaccine-c4ce42244be08d7d73a412dd42e36360

Rini Dalvi

Rini is a professional content writer with immense experience, and has written some fantastic technical and entertainment blogs. She completed her graduation in IT engineering, however, her zeal for writing engaging articles made her pick content development as a full-time career. She currently pens down articles for xyz.com. Her other interests include reading, dancing, and cooking.

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