Senate candidate Barry Du Bois follows anti-vaxxer, Covid conspiracy Instagram ...

Senate candidate Barry Du Bois follows anti-vaxxer, Covid conspiracy Instagram ...
Senate candidate Barry Du Bois follows anti-vaxxer, Covid conspiracy Instagram ...

TV host Barry Du Bois has responded to questions about his prior social media activity, just a day after he announced he was running for an independent seat in the Senate.

Du Bois, 60, follows a string of Instagram accounts that spread conspiracy theories about vaccines and Covid-19, but he clarified on Monday he only follows them to better understand the views of other Australians on the supposed 'vaccine debate'.

The father of two, who hosts Channel 10 lifestyle show The Living Room, has vowed to fight for 'everyday Australians' in his campaign for the upcoming federal election.

TV host Barry Du Bois has responded to questions about his prior social media activity, just a day after he announced he was running for an independent seat in the Senate

TV host Barry Du Bois has responded to questions about his prior social media activity, just a day after he announced he was running for an independent seat in the Senate 

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Du Bois, who has beaten cancer twice thanks to Australia's world-class medical system, follows pages run by anti-vaxxers, Covid-deniers and lockdown protesters.

When contacted for comment by Daily Mail Australia on Monday, Du Bois responded with a 369-word statement explaining he was following them so he could 'understand both sides' of the debate.

Among the accounts followed by Du Bois is 'Reignite Democracy Australia', a Melbourne-based advocacy group that opposes mask wearing, lockdowns, mandatory testing and Covid vaccinations.

Du Bois, 60, who has beaten cancer twice thanks to Australia's world-class medical system, follows pages run by anti-vaxxers, Covid-deniers and lockdown protesters. Among the accounts followed by Du Bois is 'Reignite Democracy Australia', a Melbourne-based advocacy group that opposes mask wearing, lockdowns, mandatory testing and Covid vaccinations

Du Bois, 60, who has beaten cancer twice thanks to Australia's world-class medical system, follows pages run by anti-vaxxers, Covid-deniers and lockdown protesters. Among the accounts followed by Du Bois is 'Reignite Democracy Australia', a Melbourne-based advocacy group that opposes mask wearing, lockdowns, mandatory testing and Covid vaccinations

The former builder also follows a page called 'Gardasil Girls', which spreads misinformation about the Covid vaccine as well as the life-saving HPV vaccine which prevents around 90 per cent of cervical cancers

The former builder also follows a page called 'Gardasil Girls', which spreads misinformation about the Covid vaccine as well as the life-saving HPV vaccine which prevents around 90 per cent of cervical cancers 

Du Bois follows a similar account called 'The People's Press', which claims to 'fight the mainstream media' by spreading Covid misinformation. The page also advocates false QAnon conspiracy theories about politicians and warns of 'convicted pedophile Freemasons'

Du Bois follows a similar account called 'The People's Press', which claims to 'fight the mainstream media' by spreading Covid misinformation. The page also advocates false QAnon conspiracy theories about politicians and warns of 'convicted pedophile Freemasons' 

Du Bois follows a page called 'Science_cited' which seeks to discredit 'mainstream views' about diseases, including Covid-19, and life-saving vaccines

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Du Bois follows a page called 'Science_cited' which seeks to discredit 'mainstream views' about diseases, including Covid-19, and life-saving vaccines 

The account, run by 2017 Australian Survivor contestant Monica Smit, also promoted the shameful anti-lockdown protests that took place in various cities over the weekend, describing the events as a 'turning point for Australia'. 

Du Bois follows a similar account called 'The People's Press', which claims to 'fight the mainstream media' by spreading Covid misinformation. 

The page also advocates false QAnon conspiracy theories about politicians, warning its followers not to take orders from 'convicted pedophile Freemasons'.

Barry Du Bois' statement in full

In a statement provided to Daily Mail Australia on Monday, Du Bois said: 

'Bottom line - I put my faith in proven medical science and I take the advice of experts in their field. It's thanks to great medical and scientific innovations that we've advanced in the world.

'I also believe that the smartest and fairest way to be a cohesive community is to know what my fellow Aussies are feeling and thinking. This means being willing to have open and transparent conversations with everyone – no matter if their backgrounds or beliefs are different to mine. Because if we're not willing to listen to each other, how can we ever have a hope of creating a country where we can all thrive and prosper?

'Just like I would if I was chatting to someone I'd just met at a café or a pub, on social media I interact with people from all walks of life so that I can gain understanding of where they're coming from. When you ignore others, you only create a fractured war of 'us against them'.

'There's a divide in our community right now because career politicians have tried to politicise community health messages. And these mixed messages have really confused and scared a lot of people. If someone has a question about science or pharmaceuticals they should feel free to ask any question, and be answered in a way that will dispel their fear or at least leave them feeling that their concerns have been

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