A December 2022 report about this matter by Joshua Gutterman Tranen of the San Francisco Standard zoomed in on two users: Drs. Robert and Patrick Honeyman – a gay couple.
Tranen initially had doubts when he learned that Robert’s name does not exist in any academic works or institutions. His doubts were proven right upon discovering that Robert’s profile picture was taken from a stock image website. He also found that Patrick’s profile picture was actually from an insurance professional in Indiana.
Robert claimed to be a “doctor of sociology and feminist studies” in his profile, and also had the transgender and Ukraine flags on his handle. Aside from this, Robert claimed to be a “transgender” individual promoting diversity.
Meanwhile, Patrick – who also touted a rainbow flag in his bio – was said to have been comatose due to a COVID-19 infection.
“Sad to announce that my husband has entered a coma after being in a hospital with COVID. The doctor is unsure if he will come out,” Robert tweeted in December 2022. The previous month, Robert’s sister supposedly died of COVID-19.
Robert later wrote in July about suffering from monkeypox that allegedly left him bedridden. In October, Robert claimed to be a victim of “a transphobic attack.”
Aside from the Honeyman couple, the article by the Standard revealed that two more individuals were posing as doctors. (Related: BUSTED: Those ‘ER doctors’ on Twitter who claimed hordes of patients were dying from COVID every day were FAKE.)
Dr. Gerold Fischer, who described himself as “an ally for all in the LGBTQ+ community,” displayed rainbow, transgender and Ukraine flags next to his name. He also attached the hashtag #WearAMask on his bio.
Dr. Steve Ville, meanwhile, claimed to be affiliated with the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Just like Fischer, he described himself as an “LGBTQ+ ally” and a “proud mask-wearer.”
The four fictional doctors frequently interacted with each other on Twitter with Robert claiming that Fischer, who was suffering from post-COVID brain fog, was “the sharpest individual” he met at university.
Tranen points out the four fake accounts’ similarities
“All four doctors had a few things in common,” Tranen pointed out. “Three had created their accounts during the pandemic. Fischer’s account dated to 2019, but his earliest visible tweet was from July 2022.”
“All four accounts urged caution about COVID. They also amplified the voices of other Twitter users calling on the public to mask, vaccinate and socially distance (themselves). At times, they criticized policies that they felt undermined pandemic safety and individuals who they believed did not take COVID seriously enough.”
Tranen concluded: “The Honeymans offer one of the most blatant examples of this. It is unclear who created the two doctors, but their bios and personas signpost identities meant to appeal to a certain type of Twitter denizen – liberal, pro-diversity and concerned about COVID – or meant to provoke the opposite of that type of person.”
Favocci also put in her two cents on the four fictional doctors.
“It’s no surprise there are fake accounts on Twitter. However, the flavor of these particular accounts, and the fact that they seem to be run by flesh and blood people, leaves many questions about who or what might be behind this effort,” she wrote.
“It’s one thing to have a bot or artificial intelligence program that posts or retweets, but going through the trouble of hiring actual people seems a bit more careful and professional. Perhaps the people behind these accounts just wanted to stoke divisions and spur social media engagement for the sake of online revenue.”
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