President Trump, along with his son, Donald Trump Jr., retweeted a viral video Monday supporting the use of hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19, which was later pulled from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for promoting “false information about cures and treatments” for the virus, CNN reported.
The video clip, which was first posted by Breitbart, featured four individuals that call themselves America’s Frontline Doctors, speaking in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
In the video, the individuals said, “you don’t need masks” to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They also denounced studies of hydroxychloroquine that say it is ineffective for the treatment of COVID-19, calling them “fake science” and sponsored by “fake pharma companies.”
“This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax. You don’t need masks, there is a cure,” a woman in the video goes on to say.
Hydroxychloroquine is a malaria drug, which Trump has previously said showed promise for treating COVID-19, but scientific studies have shown it is ineffective in treating the coronavirus and could cause fatal heart arrhythmia.
The video went viral on Facebook on Monday, with over 14 million views before it was removed. The video was also shared nearly 600,000 times, CNN said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that there is no known drug or therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent or treat COVID-19.
The U.S. has reported nearly 4.3 million positive cases of the coronavirus, with over 148,000 COVID-19 deaths as of Monday mid-morning, Johns Hopkins University reported.