“Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter removed a COVID-19 video tweeted by Trump due to false coronavirus information — but millions had already viewed it”
- President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. retweeted clips from a viral video that touted false coronavirus information.
- The video from Breitbart appeared to be taken down on sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
- The viral video, however, already amassed more than 14 million views on Facebook, Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
The video, which got more than 14 million views on Facebook alone according to CNN, which cited CrowdTangle data, has since been taken down from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter — including removing tweets that the president shared.
“Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy. We are taking action in line with our policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told Business Insider.
In a tweet, Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said: “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,” Stone said.
Facebook and YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider about the video.
News reporter Brandy Zadrozny said the group behind the content of the video, America’s Frontline Doctors, was only created on July 15. Zadrozny also said in a tweet that some of the people in the group are physicians, others are not.
The group held a press conference, touting false and unconfirmed information about the coronavirus, including saying that masks are unnecessary despite encouragement from public health experts to wear them and studies showing their effectiveness.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 147,000 in the US and infected more than 4 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Right-wing site Breitbart covered the press conference in the video, which went viral before being taken down. Read more