Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have all removed a viral video offering guidance on Covid-19 that was titled as the advice of ‘America’s frontline doctors’. The video was allegedly first reported on by Breitbart News, according to CNN Edition.
Since the spread of Covid-19 earlier this year, the world has been in a medical turmoil, leading to an economic turndown and affecting many vulnerable communities around the globe.
According to the World Meter, there are 16 million coronavirus cases and a total of 657,000 global deaths at the time of publication.
A new video that was titled ‘America’s frontline doctors’ and made new claims about the virus has gone viral, gaining not only millions of views but even Donald Trump’s attention.
So, who are Breitbart News and why was the video dubbed ‘America’s frontline doctors’ removed from some social media platforms?
Who are ‘America’s frontline doctors’?
‘America’s frontline doctors’ is a group of doctors who have come forward with certain claims about the Covid-19 pandemic.
On their website, they state that “American life has fallen casualty to a massive disinformation campaign”.
The website continues to read:
“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 organisation has added.
The reason for their viral video is that ‘America’s frontline doctors’ have recently attended a summit where they claim that Hydroxychloroquine can treat coronavirus.
It appears that the organisation’s website is fairly new and it lists a group of physicians and medical researchers as their speakers for the event.
Breitbart News: Who are they?
According to CNN Edition, initially, the video was shared by Breitbart News, a far-right syndicated website that includes commentary and opinion stories.
They cover a range of content, from politics and economy to entertainment and viral videos. Conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart founded the news outlet back in 2007.
Breitbart News has branched out to other cities, including news editions in London, Texas and Jerusalem.
Plus, the website added a tech subsection in 2015 which focuses on gaming, esports and technology news.
Viral video gets removed
Breitbart’s original video has been removed following backlash from other news outlets and people on social media due to the unproven claims made about curing Covid-19 with Hydroxychloroquine.
In their original story about ‘America’s frontline doctors’, it now says that the “video is unavailable”.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump retweeted various posts which contained both the video footage and claimed things such as: “6000 doctors surveyed across the world all said #Hydroxychloroquine works in Covid patients.”
According to The Washington Post, Trump’s Twitter was penalized due to the posting of “misinformation”.
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have also removed the video from their social media platforms.
Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone tweeted: “Yes, we removed it for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.
“We’re 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 WHO.”