Google still Misinforms Us about COVID-19 Treatment

Google advertises its search as the original provider of medical information, acting outside of any Section 230 protection for information received from some third parties:

“Search for medical information on Google

You can search on Google for medical information that’s been reviewed by doctors. … Medical information on Google comes from high-quality websites, medical professionals, and search results. … First, we find and analyze health-related information from high-quality sites across the web. … Next, teams of doctors carefully review and refine the information, and licensed medical illustrators create visuals. – emphasis is added

It continues spreading deadly misinformation about COVID-19 (#TechDemic). Google claims that there are no treatment for COVID-19, when there are plenty of effective treatments, including but not limited to:

  • Hydroxychloroquine + Azithromycin/Doxycycline + Zinc
  • Ivermectin +
  • Convalescent Plasma from people who recovered
  • Regeneron’s cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies

Ivermectin based treatment and prophylaxis have nearly the same or even higher effectiveness (~80% with the best protocols), safety, and availability as Hydroxychloroquine. Ivermectin use is not affected by the TDS. Nevertheless, Google search for ivermectin brings on top a propaganda piece Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19 from the FDA. The ‘propaganda piece’ is not an exaggeration. It attempts to associate Ivermectin with veterinary (a picture of a veterinarian with a horse at the top), and with stigmatized diseases such as parasitic worms and head lice. It ends with the advice to muzzle up.

Then there are Common Questions and answers, which are Google’s own (mis)information, in no way falling under the Section 230 protection. For the question Is Ivermectin recommended to treat the coronavirus? the answer is Yes, but Google incorrectly says No.

Also notice that neither FDA nor CDC are health care authorities. The FDA regulates manufacture, labeling, and interstate shipment of drugs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not a medical treatment authority either.

Also notice that Google, Facebook, and Twitter have misinformed the government (including the FDA, CDC, NIH) about COVID-19, so they are not protected under the Section 230, even when simply displaying wrong information received from it. See Fair Housing v. Roommates.com, 489 F.3d 921 (9th Cir. 2007).

The search for ivermectin has been conducted today, 2020-03-21, using the browser in a clean state. The full view of the search results:

via Science Defies Politics

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March 21, 2021 at 09:45PM

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