Facebook, YouTube, Twitter ban viral video of physician group's coronavirus press conference in D.C.

by Laura Mize · Jul 28th, 2020 1:46 pm

Last Updated Jul 31st, 2020 at 12:14 am

YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have all removed from their platforms a video of a Monday press conference about the coronavirus by a physician group called America's Frontline Doctors.

The conference, which also featured Rep. Ralph Norman (R- SC), addressed what the group describes as "a massive disinformation campaign" on COVID-19. Standing in front of the United States Supreme Court, members of the group said there is a cure to coronavirus and discouraged the use of face masks by the general public. President Trump also recommended the video Monday.

Facebook removed the video a few hours after it was put on the site, and a spokesperson said the company pulled the content "for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19."

The same spokesperson also wrote on Twitter that Facebook was "showing messages in News Feed to people who have reacted to, commented on, or shared harmful COVID-19-related misinformation that we have removed, connecting them to myths debunked by the W.H.O."

A reported 17 million people viewed the video before it was taken down. The video can be viewed in full on Breitbart.

Twitter told Business Insider that tweets featuring the video were removed because they violate "our COVID-19 misinformation policy."

A web page with information about the press conference makes the case that the prevailing response to the coronavirus pandemic threatens American democracy.

"If Americans continue to let so-called experts and media personalities make their decisions, the great American experiment of a Constitutional Republic with Representative Democracy, will cease," the page reads.


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