TWITTER has removed a video retweeted by President Trump featuring a group of doctors claiming there is a cure for coronavirus.
Just after 10:30PM on Monday, the president retweeted a post from user "@stella_immanuel" – one of the doctors in the video – that read "Covid has cure. America wake up."
The video, posted by right-wing outlet Breitbart, contained information on the coronavirus touted by doctors stood outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., that Twitter concluded was misleading.
Calling themselves "America's Frontline Doctors," the group claimed anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is "a cure for Covid" and said "you don't need a mask" to slow the spread of the virus.
"This virus has a cure: it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax," said a woman in the video, which racked up over 20 million views on Facebook before the platform took it down.
"We’ve removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for Covid-19," Facebook said when it removed the video.
"Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy. We are taking action in line with our policy," Twitter said in its statement when it took the tweet down.
Likewise, Youtube has taken down the video, with a spokesperson saying: "From the very beginning of the pandemic, we’ve had clear policies against Covid-19 misinformation and are committed to continue providing timely and helpful information at this critical time."
In a different video, still available on Twitter and showing the same "America's Frontline Doctors" press conference outside the Supreme Court, a woman in a white lab coat who identified herself as Dr Stella Immanuel says she's treated patients for the likes of diabetes and malaria, and has seen hydroxychloroquine work in COVID-19 patients.
"And they definitely know that hydroxychloroquine works. I'm upset. Why I'm upset is because I see people that cannot breathe," Immanuel says.
"And we treat them and they live. No one has died."
"I can tell you categorically it's fake science," she said of studies that show hydroxychloroquine is not a cure for COVID-19.
The president's Twitter timeline currently shows three grey boxes that read: "This Tweet is no longer available."
The Food and Drug Administration ended the emergency use authorization of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine last month, stating the drugs were "unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19 for the authorized uses in the EUA," and said using the drugs increased the "risk of heart rhythm problems."
Medical experts continue to support the reliable safety measures wearing a face covering or mask brings to helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.
"America’s Frontline Doctors," which created a website on July 15, is a controversial group.
Immanuel is a former minister who said in one sermon: "How long are we going to allow the gay agenda, secular humanism, Illuminati and the demonic New World Order to destroy our homes, families and the social fiber of America."
The group's leader, Dr Simone Gold, previously touted hydroxychloroquine on Conservative talk radio and podcasts while speaking out against shelter-in-place measures.
Appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Fauci said there were "overwhelming prevailing clinical trials" that proved hydroxychloroquine was "not effective" in treating the coronavirus.
Other recent trials, however, have shown hydroxychloroquine to be an effective treatment.
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