One hellish day on Billy TK Junior's app
Billy may be gone from sight, but he's not gone from the App Store
I haven’t talked too much about QAnon lately. After the Capitol riots, I felt incredibly ill about the whole thing. I keep across it — going so far as to watch the Vice series about it (terrible) and the HBO series (less terrible, but please be aware there’s footage of the Christchurch terror attack — bad form).
If you don’t want to waste any more of your life on QAnon, just watch this fun bit below from Q: Into the Storm, where the obvious becomes even more obvious (don’t play the video if you wanna avoid spoilers of the obvious, I guess?)
But recently I was reminded of all this QAnon nonsense on a more close-to-home basis. I was actually in my home, lying on my back in bed. I’d just dropped my phone on my own head while scrolling. Embarrassing, but I’m just setting the scene. Shortly after that, I noticed something on the AppStore. It had a near-perfect 5 star rating, and was called Freedom Village.
I read on: “Your new social community to Unite Freedom Fighters across the world!”
Yep. This is the latest offering from New Zealand’s biggest grifter, Billy TK Junior. I’ve written about him a lot before, including tracking his red-pilling over Covid lockdown in New Zealand last year.
I also wrote about one of his early — utterly bullshit — stories he told at a Destiny Church conference, in which he claimed an international assassin had been sent to kill him:
“Yesterday, we had a very very serious threat aimed at me by a potential international assassin that had entered into New Zealand to deal with me in Christchurch. We had wind that a known assassin had flown into Christchurch at the same time we were having our meetings last night.
This individual, this person of interest, is not a New Zealander. He flew in from overseas, went straight through quarantine. How do we know it? Because we had people following him. Because I am ex military, I have [...] former SAS special forces soldiers that look after me when I do my events. And last night I had six of them on me.
Back then, Billy was riding high on his own BS.
But poor ol’ Billy abandoned politics after losing badly at least year’s general election. He made a big song and dance about leaving politics to become an “activist”, and has largely slipped from public view. Most of New Zealand had simply tired of his boring, predictable ways.
But one element of Billy TK appears to have survived: the app he launched last year. With a trembling finger I double tapped and downloaded the nightmare to my phone.
Dear family member,
Welcome to your new village filled with freedom lovers, fighters and truth seekers from across the world.
Here is a place to learn, share, connect and take action to combat the tyranny that is sweeping our world with UN Agenda 21 and 20/30.
I deleted it straight away.
I couldn’t stomach spending a single second in that hellscape, so I got my friend Dylan Reeve to do it instead. He spent an entire day perusing Billy TK Jnr’s social network. I was curious about the community being fostered there. This is his report. Strap in.
Dylan Reeve dives headfirst into Billy TK’s cesspit of an app.
Soon after Billy TK’s political hopes were dashed he dissolved his opportunistic relationship with former National MP Jami-Lee Ross and decided to devote all his time to being a “Freedom Fighter.”
But being a “Freedom Fighter” in the modern world is difficult: the social media giants are wary of being tied up in Covid denialism and QAnon paranoia, so they tend to hand out suspensions to self-styled Truth Tellers like Billy.
Which leaves only one option if you want to assure an uncensored platform to spread all your most shiny reckons: make your own social network!
This is not a new idea. The American alt-right have done it with Nazi-Twitter-clone Gab, and then again with QAnon-Twitter-clone Parler. Even more recently the bizarre Trump-fan pillow magnate Mike Lindell has been threatening to make his own social network to replace Twitter, and Facebook, and YouTube, and probably Pokemon Go or something too.
But Billy isn’t showy like that — he just made it happen, and with little fanfare launched Freedom Village in late 2020.
The platform is owned by Christchurch-based Firehorse Productions Limited, but is broadly centred around Billy and the movement he built with the NZ Public Party. The whole thing runs on a pre-packaged service provided by UK-based Disciple Media.
Now if you think you’ve seen some wild stuff on your uncle’s Facebook wall, that’s nothing compared to what you’ll find in a community of like-minded kiwi conspiracy theorists!
The first thing you’ll learn is that they are definitely not fans of the current New Zealand Government or Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Slightly more surprising is their fondness for Vladimir Putin.
65 per cent!
You’ll also find every single Covid-19 conspiracy theory: it doesn’t matter that all the various theories contradict one another, provided they all agree that the official story is a lie.
Members are also — unsurprisingly — staunchly against the Covid-19 vaccines. They even manage to align the vaccine with pseudo-disease Morgellons.
There’s all the classic QAnon stuff…
….and alternative health ideas are also popular, which will suit the Starseeds and Lonely Lingerie fans out there:
And then there’s the news that only they know about, like the “real story” behind once-stuck ship Evergreen, which apparently houses a nuclear weapon and thousands of slaves.
Above all they — like most conspiracy theorists — are pretty confident that they’re the only real intellectuals. They see the reality while the rest of us ignorant at best, or part of the conspiracy at worst.
Ultimately, Freedom Village is providing something that New Zealand hasn’t really had before: a readily accessible home for NZ’s conspiracy theorists.
There has never really been a shortage of believers in New Zealand, and many will have found each other online in global groups or formed their own smaller homes on other social media platforms, but at Freedom Village it’s all conspiracy all the time, and firmly anchored in New Zealand.
People who head to the Village because they’re a little unsure of Government measures on Covid-19 will soon find themselves being “educated” about 9/11 Truth, Chemtrails and the Deep State Cabal that’s torturing babies for their adrenochrome.
Billy TK has managed to become New Zealand’s first high profile conspiracy theorist, and he’s more than happy to adopt any theories provided they keep the koha coming in. You can join Freedom Village Premium for $15 per month to have access to even more.
Ugh, I want to wash my eyeballs after reading that. And no, Webworm was not going to pay Billy TK $15 a month to find out what that looks like. I have my limits. One thing I can guarantee you: it will just be more of the grift.
Chances are, wherever you live in the world, you’ll have a similar app. Once I downloaded Freedom Village, I got a few more apps listed under “You Might Also Like.”
These included an app called Awaken, where I could “learn from experts and guides in areas such as ancient aliens, ET contact, sacred geometry, conspiracy theories, consciousness, 5G and more”.
And more. Because there is always more with these numbskulls. And more people to swallow it up.
Freedom Village imagines itself as some kind of dreamy utopia, but in reality it’s a bunch of lost, confused brains screaming at their screens.
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