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Madonnas Instagram account flagged for spreading misinformation about Covid-19 vaccine

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Instagram has flagged a video by Madonna which claimed that Covid-19 had already been found, but the vaccine is being hidden to ‘let the rich get richer.’ Instagram blurred out the video with a caption saying: “False Information,” reported by BBC.
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 Madonna's Instagram page, but not before fans protested at her decision to share the post. 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. Facebook and Twitter had previously removed the video, flagging it as misinformation; while Donald Trump Jr was banned from tweeting for 12 hours as a penalty for sharing the clip. According to Instagram, flagging a post as false makes it harder for users to
discover ‘by filtering it from Explore and Hashtags,
and reducing its visibility in Feed and Stories.’

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