- SKY NEWS - Feb 7, 2021 -
Sanya Burgess and Victoria Elms, reporters -
Conspiracy theorists are raising funds through donations, shops and by launching social media platforms.
It's easy to dismiss conspiracy theorists who say COVID-19 doesn't exist, or that we are all living through a "plandemic" - an event orchestrated by the evil and powerful.
But NHS workers and the police have told Sky News the people who spread those theories are a "genuine problem", whose "fake news" may damage generations to come.
The Police Federation told Sky News currently around three quarters of protests are against lockdown restrictions. Worryingly, the remainder are largely organised by COVID-conspiracists and anti-vaxxers.
Sky News took a detailed look at those promoting COVID conspiracy theories in the UK - online and offline.
We found endless groups and pages circulating conspiracies, but three organisations dominate the landscape - Stand Up X, Stop New Normal and Save Our Rights UK.