The video, published by the right-wing Breitbart News, showed a group of people dressed in white coats calling themselves “front-line American doctors” holding a press conference before the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
President Trump shared several versions of the video with his 84 million Twitter followers Monday night, despite questionable claims that contradicted the administration’s own health experts. White House spokesmen did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
During the press conference, the speaker, who identifies himself as a doctor, made a number of dubious claims, including that “you don’t need masks” to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and that recent studies showing hydroxychloroquine are ineffective in treating Covid -19 – “fake science” sponsored by “fake pharmaceutical companies.”
“This virus has a drug called hydroxychloroquine, zinc and citromax,” she said. “You don’t need masks, there is medicine.”
The allegations contradict numerous antimalarial drug studies and the recommendations of health officials to prevent the spread of the virus.
The video quickly went viral on Facebook, becoming one of the highest posts on the platform with more than 14 million views, before it was filmed on Monday night to promote misinformation. According to Crowdtangle, a data analytics firm owned by Facebook, it has been split nearly 600,000 times.
“We deleted this video to share false information about COVID-19 medications and treatments,” a Facebook spokeswoman said on Facebook, adding that the platform “shows messages in the News Feed to people who have responded, commented or shared harmful misinformation.” related to COVID-19, which we have eliminated by linking them to WHO-debunked myths. “
Twitter worked on clearing the video late Monday night after Trump shared versions of the video, garnering hundreds of thousands of views.
“We are taking action in accordance with our policy regarding incorrect Covid information,” a spokeswoman for Twitter told CNN.
Twitter took action against the video, which Twitter retweeted. Until early Tuesday morning, the video could no longer be viewed on his account. Twitter also took action on a version of the video posted by Donald Trump Jr. and other people shared by Breitbart News.
The video was also deleted from YouTube, where it was viewed more than 40,000 times. Users trying to access the video late Monday were greeted with a message that it had been removed for “violating the YouTube Community Guidelines.”
A Breitbart spokesman did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
According to the website of American doctors Frontline, the group is led by Dr. Simone Gold, a specialist in emergency medicine, based in Los Angeles, who was previously represented in Fox News, according to her, that orders to stay at home are harmful. In May, Gold told the Associated Press that she wanted to oppose home orders because “there was no scientific basis for the average American to be concerned” about Covid-19.
American frontline doctors could not be reached for comment at the end of Monday.
According to Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, the virus has killed nearly 150,000 people in the United States and is on its way to becoming the leading cause of death in the country.