Twitter, YouTube and Facebook removed a viral video of a group of doctors discussing the coronavirus pandemic and the misinformation being spread about the virus by health experts after President Donald Trump shared it.
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The video, which had more than 14 million views, showed doctors in front of the Supreme Court debunking many of the myths surrounding the coronavirus.
They argued that face masks are not effective against the virus, and that the studies depicting hydroxychloroquine as an ineffective treatment against COVID-19 are “fake science” sponsored by “fake pharma companies.”
The doctors also insisted that “we don’t need to be locked down” to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Donald Trump Jr. and the president shared the video on Twitter, prompting the social media giant to temporarily suspend Donald Trump Jr.’s account, blocking his ability to tweet or retweet for 12 hours.
Twitter also removed the president’s tweets about the video.
A Twitter spokesperson said they removed the video because it is “in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” as did a spokesperson for YouTube.
A Facebook spokesperson similarly said that the video was removed “for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.”
But Big Tech should not have the right to decide what is and what is not legitimate information, said Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesperson, Andy Surabian.
“Twitter suspending Don Jr. for sharing a viral video of medical professionals discussing their views on hydroxychloroquine is further proof that Big Tech is intent on killing free expression online and is another instance of them committing election interference to stifle Republican voices,” Surabian said in a statement.