Trump Doubles Down on Demon Sperm Doc - 2020-07-28
The President of the United States doubled down on his support of a doctors "summit" peddling the debunked COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroquine—just as social media companies crack down on the viral coronavirus disinformation that came out of the event.
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube removed a viral video of the event which had garnered millions of views after President Trump and others retweeted the clip. SquareSpace also suspended the website for America's Frontline Doctors, which put on the event. The video featuring the eccentric Dr. Stella Immanuel, who claimed that the controversial anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine was a "cure" for COVID-19 and that masks aren't necessary, was pulled from the platforms for sharing misinformation about the disease. Twitter also briefly locked the Twitter account of the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., when he tweeted the video and called it a "must watch!!!"
The viral video, which racked up more than 13 million views on Facebook, drew more attention to some of Immanuel's more bizarre previous medical claims. The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that Immanuel has claimed in the past that some gynecological ailments are caused by people having sex in a dream-world with demons, with the demonic semen as the origins of the afflictions.