Instagram has censored a post by Madonna in which the pop star shared a coronavirus conspiracy theory with her 15 million followers.
He captioned the video with claims that a Covid-19 vaccine “has been found and tested and has been available for months.” She continued: “They prefer to let fear control people and let the rich get rich and the poor get poorer.”
The video shows Dr. Stella Immanuel, a primary care physician in Houston, Texas, claiming to have treated 350 coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine. She was speaking to a group called United States Frontline Physicians outside the United States Supreme Court building.
Instagram deleted the video and captioned it: “False information.” It linked users to a page that discredited the claims and made it clear that there is currently no coronavirus vaccine. It also limited the broadcast of the video on its platform.
Pop star Annie Lennox commented on the post: “This is total madness! I can’t believe you’re backing this dangerous quackery. Hopefully your site has been hacked and you are about to explain it. “
Madonna has removed the post. The Guardian has contacted representatives of the singer for comment.
Donald Trump Jr was banned from tweeting for 12 hours after posting the clip that Madonna later shared. Facebook and Twitter have previously removed it, citing it as misinformation.
The America’s Frontline Doctors event was organized by a group called Tea Party Patriots Action. The images were widely disseminated on the right-wing Breitbart website. Donald Trump shared different videos of the event with his 84 million followers on Twitter on Monday, despite the fact that its content contradicts the advice of public health experts from his administration.
In March Madonna described the coronavirus as “the great equalizer.” From a bath full of petals, she said: “The terrible thing about this is that it has made us all equal in many ways, and the wonderful thing about this is that it has made us all equal in many ways.”
In May, she said she had tested positive for antibodies to the coronavirus, and assumed that she and her team had been ill with the virus at the end of their winter tour. “At the time, we all thought we had a serious flu,” he said.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Madonna had made a € 1 million donation to a fund organized by the EU to find a vaccine for Covid-19.