Instagram takes down Madonna’s posts for spreading Covid conspiracy theories
A post by singer Madonna was deleted by Instagram Wednesday, in which the popstar shared a conspiracy theory about coronavirus.
Madonna, who has 15 million followers, shared a video of Stella Immanuel, a member of a group named America Frontline Doctors that has been spreading misinformation about the pandemic. In the video, Immanuel claimed that masks and shutdowns were not required to fight the pandemic and also that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was a cure for Covid-19.
HCQ has been proven to be ineffective in the treatment for coronavirus by several studies. The WHO has also clarified that the drug has no clinical benefits in treating Covid-19.
The 61-year-old singer captioned the video with a note claiming that a cure for Covid-19 had “been found and proven and has been available for months”.
“They would rather let fear control the people and let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer,” she added.
The social media site first blurred the video and said it had “false information,” and then it deleted the post.
Some celebrities such as John Cusack, Woody Harrelson and Wiz Khalifa have peddled the myth linking 5G technology to coronavirus. Others, such as the actor Evangeline Lilly, question the need for social physical distancing (she later apologised).
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