Facebook is being accused of removing a viral and top-performing video of a press conference in D.C. held by the group America’s Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots, according to Breitbart News.
During the press conference, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and frontline doctors shared their thoughts and opinions on the coronavirus, as well as America’s medical response to the virus.
“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,” reads the event’s information page.
Allegedly, YouTube (which is owned by Google) and Twitter also removed footage of the press conference.
The video was reportedly going viral, with over 17 million views before it was allegedly removed by Facebook.
As Breitbart News reported, “the post was beating content from many other prominent accounts on Facebook today, including Hillary Clinton, Rev. Franklin Graham, and Kim Kardashian.”
“We’ve removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19,” a Facebook company spokesman, Andy Stone, told Breitbart News. The company did not specify what portion of the video it ruled to be “false information,” who it consulted to make that ruling, and on what basis it was made.
The video appears to have been taken down from Facebook.
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) July 28, 2020
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Facebook’s decision to censor the livestream was quickly followed by YouTube, the Google-owned video-sharing platform. The video had over 80,000 views on YouTube prior to its removal.
Following Facebook and YouTube’s removal of the video, Twitter followed suit, removing Breitbart News’s Periscope livestream of the press conference. Jack Dorsey’s platform also then limited the Breitbart News official account, indicating that tweets containing links to multiple stories about the press conference violate the platform’s COVID-19 policies.