Headline RoundupJuly 28th, 2020

Social Media Platforms Censor Doctors Purportedly Spreading Coronavirus Misinformation

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Monday, Breitbart News posted a video of a press conference in D.C. held by America’s Frontline Doctors and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. In it, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and front-line doctors shared their perspectives on coronavirus and public health. Some claims the speakers made are unconfirmed and believed by some to be false, including a Texas doctor's claim that hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for the virus. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter removed footage of the press conference from their social media platforms for allegedly spreading misinformation. Clips from the conference were tweeted by President Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., leading Twitter to delete the tweets and to limit Trump Jr.'s account. Coverage of this story from left- and center-rated outlets focused on the claim that the information being shared was dubious. Coverage from right-rated outlets tended to emphasize the purportedly unjust censorship of the video and tweets.

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