Instagram censored a post by Madonna in which the pop star shared a coronavirus conspiracy theory with his 15 million followers.
She bet on the video, claiming that a vaccine against Covid-19 “has been found and proven and has been available for months.” She continued, “They prefer fear to control people and allow the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer.”
The video shows Dr. Stella Immanuel, a primary care physician in Houston, Texas, who claims to have treated 350 patients with hydroxychloroquine coronavirus. She was talking to a group called American frontline doctors in front of the US Supreme Court building.
Instagram blurred the video and wrote: “Wrong information”. It links users to a page that debuts the claims and clarifies that there is currently no coronavirus vaccine. He also restricted the distribution of video on his platform.
Pop star Annie Lennox commented on the post: “This is complete madness !!! I can’t believe you support this dangerous charlatan. We hope your site has been hacked and you will explain it. “
Madonna has deleted the post. The Guardian contacted representatives of the singer for comment.
Donald Trump Jr. was banned from tweeting 12 hours after the release of the video, which was later shared by Madonna. Facebook and Twitter had previously removed it, citing it as misinformation.
The event of the American Frontline Doctors was organized by a group called Tea Party Patriots Action. The footage was widely circulated on the right-wing Breitbart website. Donald Trump shared various videos of the event with his 84 million followers on Twitter on Monday, although its content contradicted the advice of his administration’s public health experts.
In March, Madonna described the coronavirus as the “great equalizer.” From a tub full of petals, she said, “The scary thing is that it made us all equal in many ways, and what’s great is that it made us all equal in many ways.”
In May, she said she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies and suggested she and her team contracted the virus at the end of their winter tour. “At the time, we all thought we had the bad flu,” she said.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Madonna had donated 1m euros to a fund organized by the EU to find a vaccine for Covid-19.