29 July 2020

Madonna has Instagram account flagged for spreading misinformation about Covid-19

Madonna has had an Instagram post censored for spreading misinformation about Covid-19.

She posted a video to her 15 million followers and her caption suggested a vaccine had been found for the disease but it had not been released to the public.

She said a vaccine has ‘been found and proven and has been available for months’ and added: “They would rather let fear control the people and let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”

The video featured physician Dr Stella Immanuel who claimed to have treated 350 patients with hydroxychloroquine - the drug which has been consistently promoted by US president Donald Trump.

Instagram blurred the video, labelled it false information and added a link to the post which shows how the theory about the drug has been debunked.

Music star Annie Lennox commented: “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.”

Madonna has since deleted the post.

The video was the same clip Donald Trump Jr posted to Twitter this week which saw him banned from the platform for 12 hours. Both Facebook and Twitter had previously removed the clip from their sites due to misinformation.

Madonna disclosed earlier this year that she has coronavirus antibodies and that she and her band had felt ill at the end of her last tour.

She also said in March that the disease was a 'great equaliser’.

“What’s terrible about it is that it’s made us all equal in many ways, and what’s wonderful about it, is that it’s made us all equal in many ways," she said.

It was revealed by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen that Madonna had donated $1 million to find a vaccine.

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