Express yourself but don’t spread false information, Madonna.
That’s the message Instagram sent the voguing legend when it flagged her account Tuesday night after she posted a part of a video shared the night before by Donald Trump and banned by the most important social media sites. His account, too, was flagged and the post obscured with a warning over the video that it contained “False Information.” Within 30 minutes she deleted the post, just like Donald.
What? We mean that seriously. As in WTF?
We thought we knew you, but falsehoods on Madonna’s post? No. Do you wear Masks? Are you socially distancing?
Instagram recently began working with third-party fact-checking partners, flagging content for inaccuracies as part of its promise to to “reducing the spread of false information.”
The video featured Stella Immanuel, a woman who professes to be a pediatrician and who believes the Illuminati are using witches to destroy the world through abortion, gay marriage, and children’s toys and media. She believes diseases are caused by evil spirits and that a race of reptile-like aliens and their sperm are in control of the world. In the video she claims that hydroxychloroquine is a treatment and a cure for Covid-19 and that wearing a mask is unnecessary.
“The Truth will set us all Free! But some people don’t want to hear the truth. Especially the people in power who stand to make money from this long drawn out search for a vaccine Which has been proven and has been available for months. They would rather let fear control them and let the rich get richer and the poor and sick get sicker. This woman is my hero Thank you, Stella Immanuel,” Madonna wrote.
Instagram’s fact-checkers note that there is presently no cure for COVID-19 and that hydroxychloroquine is not an effective treatment.
In May Madonna claimed she had been ill with Covid-19 during her cancelled Paris concerts that marked a deeply embarrassing collapse of a world tour. She recently called the pandemic “the great equalizer.”
Trump also championed Immanuel during his White House press briefing on Tuesday.
Trump, during a Tuesday White House Press briefing said of the video and of his support for Immanuel, “I can tell you this, she was on-air along with many other doctors. They were big fans of hydroxychloroquine and I thought she was very impressive in the sense that from where she came, I don’t know which country she comes from, but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients, and I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”
Ok, Madonna, just in case you read this: We still love you but we only have so much bandwidth for Trump’s murderous gang of conspiracy theorists.