An app commonly promoted by Conspiracy Theorist Billy Te Kahika is posing a serious risk to new users spiralling down rabbit holes when they sign up.
Freedom Village permits users to spread misinformation and disinformation mostly about the Covid-19 Pandemic and how evil Bill Gates is supposed to be. What lies behind it are grifters that look to cause therapeutic harm by targeting innocent individuals into believing mistruths.
From anti-5G to QAnon conspiracies, the app has it all in store for many convinced to believe false realities compared to reality.
Image: CC/ App Stores
Google's Play Store shows a rating of two and a half stars, while the Apple App Store was accompanied with 4.5 stars. On Apple's Store, the developer name is biofield Medical SL whilst Google's is Christchurch-based Firehorse Productions Ltd.
It claims to be a social community that ‘unites freedom fighters' from around the world but does the opposite by formulating a conspiracy that spreads fear like wildfire.
The app provides little detail about how operations go about protecting its users from any leaks or hacks.
Image: Supplied - Billy Te Kahika on flight not wearing mask properly
When Mr Kahika abandoned his bogus freedom movement to become an activist due to losing the 2020 General Election, it was found that asking his followers for money just wasn't enough.
The Electoral Commission and Police are actively investigating him over fraudulent money dealings as he went over the $30k cap breaking electoral rules.
Regarding the Police involved, an independent investigation done by thisquality revealed over $200,000 was given to him by an investor.
The amount of misinformation being spread has, fortunately, put him into a position of no return. Tech platforms such as Facebook is finally cracking down and limiting the reach to pages that tend to spread mistruths.
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Tiamara Williams and her spouse formed Freedom Village as part of a motive to ‘dog box' social media platform rules for their own dangerous ones.
The app launched nearing the end of December 2020; Ms Williams promoted on a Facebook video.
Mr Kahika later promoted the app to over 22k followers on his Facebook page numerous times in an attempt to escape removal or suspension.
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One video post by Ms Williams on the app tells users to buy an EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) protector plug and 5g protector to prevent the waves from interfering. They do absolutely nothing.
“I personally have had the most amazing sleep since I have had one of these. They reverse the electromagnetic field, which does damage to ourselves because it is so close to what our cells are.”
“There are all of these waves in the air, and they are not doing us any good because they can cause inflammation in the body.”
“I have got my 5g protector, and I take mine absolutely everywhere even if I am going to go out into the public.”
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Inside the Terms of Service, it reads that a registered user must not post the following: “fraudulent, inaccurate or misleading, or is otherwise objectionable content of any kind” — Conspiracies about the September 11 attacks in 2001 were made but is deemed inaccurate.
A second post claimed light poles that have 5g routers installed on them are ‘silent weapons for quiet wars' — the known conspiracy about chemical trials included.
One other post says Governments are using media channels to create a world of ‘propaganda' due to the Coronavirus Pandemic; however, the media has a role in informing its citizens about a public health crisis, pandemic or emergency.
Many hundreds of other active users on the app seem to post misinformation surrounding Covid-19 and Vaccines, including PCR tests. Inaccurate claims that neither is effective in preventing outbreaks or fighting back against the virus.
Image: CC/ Unite Against COVID-19
thisquality got in touch with a media contact from the Government's Unite Against Covid-19 Group to raise concerns about the app being used to lure genuine people down endless rabbit holes.
A comment from a spokesperson says society needs to build awareness about untruths and strengthen resilience to them.
“Everyone has a responsibility to prevent mis/disinformation, including Government agencies, academia and the media,” they'd said to thisquality.
“Any communications about the Vaccine should come from reliable sources such as the Unite Against Covid-19 and Ministry of Health websites.”
Tiamara Williams was contacted for comment but did not answer her phone. A Facebook media spokesperson was contacted but did not immediately respond.
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