Source: WPBF News.
Dr. Simone Gold de-platormed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for posting ‘misinformation’.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —
Dr. Simone Gold, the founder of America’s Frontline Doctors, said she plans to file a federal lawsuit for censorship against several major social media platforms.
“I think it’s a violation of certain First Amendment rights,” said Michael Pike, Gold’s attorney.
Gold and others from America’s Frontline Doctors held a seminar and news conference in Washington, D.C., on July 27, talking about COVID-19 and advocating the use of hydroxycholoquine as a safe and highly successful treatment.
The news conference was streamed live in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and quickly went viral. Over 20 million people viewed it on Facebook alone in a few hours, and President Trump retweeted a clip.
However, within a day, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube deleted the video, and Gold said her website on Squarespace was canceled.
“We were de-platformed immediately… all fairly simultaneously took us down. It’s impossible to believe that wasn’t coordinated because it all was taken down at the same time,” said Gold, who said several other platforms also yanked their livestream tape.
But Facebook said the video was removed because it contains misleading medical information — one of the AFD doctors claiming hydroxychorloquine is a cure for COVID-19, others saying masks don’t work.
“We were there with a message of hope and truth and we were shut down and I think it’s because they want to keep Americans fearful,” said Gold.
The FDA did authorize the emergency use of hydroxychloroquine for use in COVID-19 patients in February, but revoked that order in June, saying:
“We made this determination based on recent results from a large, randomized clinical trial in hospitalized patients that found these medicines showed no benefit for decreasing the likelihood of death or speeding recovery.”
Pike said he plans to file a federal collateral censorship lawsuit against several social media giants.
“Currently, Dr. Gold is being censored all over the media and social media platforms as well as on the internet,” said Pike.
Hundreds of clinical trials are currently underway to see if hydroxychloroquine helps fight COVID-19, and the believers are out there.
“It came on me like a truck hit me, the body aches, the headaches,” said former Boca Raton Fire Rescue Captain Scott Johnston, who contracted the virus in July.
Scott said his doctor prescribed hydroxychloroquine a few days into his sickness as he progressively was getting worse.
“And literally in 24 hours I began to feel relief from the headaches, the respiratory issues I was having, the body aches,” said Johnston.
Gold said she’s fearful the government is interfering in doctor-patient relationships by not allowing doctors to prescribe a drug she insists can help.
“The main problem is Americans are living in fear and I’m telling you, you don’t need to live in fear,” said Gold
Dr. Gold said she doesn’t think social media companies should censor their information, and doctors and patients should be able to decide together how to treat their conditions.
Pike said they plan to file the censorship lawsuit in the near future and also are building a defamation lawsuit against at least two media organizations.