GEORDIE Shore's Gaz Beadle was slammed for sharing a dangerous conspiracy theory about the NHS test and trace app.
The reality star, 32, posted a video on his Story by Instagram account The Mirror Project claiming the NHS' Test and Trace app was created by private company Serco.
He captioned the clip: "Watch this… very interesting… COVID and this 2nd wave is just getting weirder and weirder it's actually scary!!
"What are your thoughts?? I understand the first lockdown etc but something doesn't feel right about what's happening now."
The video, which has over 60,000 views, claims the NHS Track and Trace app is both contracted to develop and run by private company Serco.
However, Serco – a British company that delivers public services in defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare in the UK, Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East – is not listed as a group involved in the creation of the app.
The NHS website lists the companies that helped develop the app as: Accenture, Alan Turing Institute, NHS Digital, NHSx, Oxford University, VMware Pivotal Lab and Zuhlke Engineering.
The National Cyber Security Centre also supported the creation of the app in an advisory role.
The app's privacy notice also doesn't list Serco as one of the companies processing the data.
Serco do provide facilities management for some regional test sites, as listed on the government's coronavirus privacy information.
However, this may be damaging to fans of Gaz as the video outlines why the app supposedly can't be trusted due to its non-existent links to this company.
The Test and Trace app lets people scan barcode-like QR codes to register visits to hospitality venues.
It will use Apple and Google's method of detecting other smartphones.
It is designed to let users know if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus.
The purpose of the app is to track down people who have been in contact with an infected person and alert them to self-isolate.
The app keeps track of people you have been in contact with through Bluetooth signals.
If that person tests positive for the virus you will be informed and told to self-isolate.
Misinformation in the battle against coronavirus is particularly damaging as it can lead to the spread of the virus.
The Test and Trace app is designed to track down infected people and limit the spread through the population.
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