BBC Warned Over ‘Wildly Irresponsible’ Documentary On Social Media ‘Fakery’ Allegations

By John Pring in Disability News Service.

Disabled campaigners have warned that a BBC documentary about social media “influencers” allegedly faking their chronic illnesses, and BBC News coverage promoting the programme, were “wildly irresponsible” and risk inflaming the hostile environment they already face.

The documentary, Sickness and Lies, aimed to explore “accusations of fakery” that have been directed at some people with chronic illness with high profiles on social media.

Although there have been occasional, high-profile exposes of people who have invented conditions such as cancer for fame or financial reasons, the documentary – presented by a young disabled journalist – offered no evidence to suggest that these were anything but rare and isolated cases.

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