Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube scrub platform’s viral-video making false claims of COVID-19.
A group of doctors featured video was deleted by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube that was making dubious and false claims about the coronavirus, after it went viral online Monday.
The right-wing media outlet Breitbart News published this video, included a people group wearing white lab coats who were introducing themselves as America’s Frontline Doctors, in front of the US Supreme Court, organizing a press conference in Washington, DC.
Monday night, with 84 million Twitter followers, President Trump shared multiple versions of this video regardless of the questionable cases contradicting to his administration’s own public health specialists. The White House’s Spokespersons didn’t promptly react to requests for comment.
During the press conference, a speaker who distinguishes herself as a specialist makes various questionable cases, including that “you don’t need masks” to prevent coronavirus from spreading, and that ongoing investigation indicating hydroxychloroquine is insufficient for the treatment of Covid-19 are fake science which is sponsored by fake pharma companies. The woman in video claims, “This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax.” She further added, “You don’t need masks, there is a cure.”
An investigation found that neither hydroxychloroquine alone nor hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin seemed to influence the state of patients at the 15-day mark. Moreover, unordinary heart rhythms and raised liver- enzyme levels were progressively visited in patients getting hydroxychloroquine alone or with azithromycin, as per the study.
The video immediately became viral on Facebook, getting one of the top-performing posts on the stage within more than 14 million views before it was brought down Monday night for promoting misinformation. It was shared almost 600,000 times, as per Crowdtangle which is an informal investigation or data-analytics firm owned by Facebook.
a Facebook spokesperson said that they deleted this video because false information about treatments and cures for COVID-19 and it was showing messages in News Feed to people who already commented reacted or shared the harmful COVID-19-related misinformation that Facebook already removed.