Facebook and Instagram threatened to permanently ban Project Veritas from the platforms after a journalist from the nonprofit confronted a YouTube executive on why one of their Pfizer sting videos had been removed.
Jordon Trishton Walker, an official who leads research and development for mRNA projects, recently said to an undercover Project Veritas journalist that the company uses “directed evolution” to mutate coronaviruses and create more potent variants and vaccines. More footage captured by the journalist and released on Thursday evening shows the embattled official revealing that Pfizer is not entirely sure why the vaccines are impacting women’s menstrual cycles, postulating that the effects could be evidence of hormonal disruptions.
“I hope we don’t discover something really bad down the line. I hope we don’t find out that somehow this mRNA lingers in the body,” he continued, “because it has to be affecting something hormonal to impact menstrual cycles.”
BREAKING: @Pfizer Director Concerned Over Women’s Reproductive Heath After COVID-19 Vaccinations
“There is something irregular about their menstrual cycles…concerning…The vaccine shouldn’t be interfering with that…It has to be affecting something hormonal…”#Pfertility pic.twitter.com/XAuMPJNShD
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) February 2, 2023
Project Veritas published more footage on Friday afternoon showing one of their reporters appearing to confront YouTube Vice President of Global Trust and Safety Matt Halprin on why they banned the first video. The executive walked away from the reporter without responding, apart from telling the reporter to not touch him and threatening to call the police.
Facebook and Instagram, both of which are owned by Meta, removed the footage of Halprin and warned that the content violates “Community Standards.”
“We have these standards because we want everyone to feel safe, respected and welcome,” the warning said. “If your content goes against our Community Standards again, your account may be restricted or disabled. You can disagree with the decision if you think we got it wrong.”
BREAKING: Project Veritas Senior Reporter @Chris_Hartsock Confronts @YouTube Vice President of Global Trust & Safety Over Tech Giant’s Actions to Remove Our @Pfizer #DirectedEvolution Investigation From The Platform pic.twitter.com/ktvXRJawN2
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) February 3, 2023
Project Veritas added on Friday afternoon that they had been “wrongfully locked out” of Twitter for nearly two hours. The social media company claimed that the Halprin video constituted “abuse and harassment.”
Project Veritas has frequently been subjected to censorship from technology companies. Officials at Twitter had formerly restricted the organization for allegedly posting a video showing Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen admitting the social media platform built a system designed to freeze commenting where hate speech or violence is detected without confirming if the alleged speech was hateful or violent. The account on Twitter was restored after Elon Musk purchased the company last year.
With respect to the abnormal menstrual cycles, Walker said in the video released on Thursday that the vaccine should not be interfering with the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, but expressed concern “there is something happening, but we don’t always figure it out.”
“There is something irregular about their menstrual cycles. So, people will have to investigate that down the line, because that is a little concerning,” he said. “The vaccine shouldn’t be interfering with that.”
Researchers have previously found that COVID vaccines impacted menstruation; one international study from the Oregon Health and Science University concluded that “some people may experience a slight, temporary change in the length of their monthly menstrual cycle” after receiving the vaccine. Another study found that 42% of women with regular menstrual cycles reported heavier bleeding than usual after inoculation.
Although Pfizer appears to have not yet responded to the second round of the Project Veritas sting, the company denied conducting gain-of-function research after the initial footage was released. “Working with collaborators, we have conducted research where the original SARS-CoV-2 virus has been used to express the spike protein from new variants of concern,” a statement read. “This work is undertaken once a new variant of concern has been identified by public health authorities. This research provides a way for us to rapidly assess the ability of an existing vaccine to induce antibodies that neutralize a newly identified variant of concern.”
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe confronted Walker in a subsequent video, leading the executive to call himself a “liar” who apparently fabricated the stories to impress the undercover journalist with whom he thought he was on a date. Pfizer did not respond to questions from The Daily Wire about Walker’s employment status.
Walker insisted he is “not even a scientist by background,” adding that he “came from a consulting firm that does business.” Asked whether he works for Pfizer, Walker said, “No, I was a contractor!” When pressed for a second time, Walker replied, “No! What are you talking about here?”
Despite his denials, Walker’s apparent LinkedIn profile, which appears to have been deleted, and images of internal Pfizer documents shared by O’Keefe suggest he did indeed work for the pharmaceutical firm. Walker is listed as a Pfizer “director of research and development, strategic operations, and mRNA scientific planning.”