Madonna's Instagram account flagged for spreading COVID-19 misinformation
The singer promoted the same video of doctors supporting hydroxychloroquine as a "cure" for COVID-19. It was earlier shared by President Donald Trump and then was removed from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube for "false claims".
Pop star Madonna has been slammed by fans for spreading false conspiracy theories on Instagram about COVID-19. She twice posted a video of doctors supporting hydroxychloroquine as a "cure" for the novel coronavirus after it was retweeted by President Donald Trump before being removed for "misinformation" by Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.
In her post, the singer claimed a vaccine for COVID-19 had already been found, but was being hidden to "let the rich get richer". Instagram blurred out the video with a caption saying: "False Information". It also directed users to a page debunking the claims in the video, noting there is no coronavirus vaccine.
The video was later deleted from Madge's Instagram page, but not before fans protested at her decision to share the post.
Pop star Annie Lennox commented on her post, saying: "This is utter madness!!! I can't believe that you are endorsing this dangerous quackery. "Hopefully your site has been hacked and you're just about to explain it," she added.
The video in question showed a group called America's Frontline Doctors speaking outside the US Supreme Court building at an event organised by Tea Party Patriots Action. In the clip, Dr Stella Immanuel, a doctor from Houston, said she had successfully treated 350 coronavirus patients "and counting" with hydroxychloroquine.
This is not the first time Madonna has made controversial claims about coronavirus. In March, she posted a video from her bath, describing the virus as "the great equaliser". Two months later, she revealed she had tested positive for antibodies, supposedly granting her immunity from the disease.
"So tomorrow I'm just going to go on a long drive in a car, roll down the windows and I'm going to breathe in the COVID-19 air," she told her fans.