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Google censors Google Doc of medical hydroxychloroquine coronavirus treatment trial paper

Is Google censoring even documents now?

It seems like a lifetime away now, as the world struggles to get the spread of coronavirus under control – but on March 13, James Todaro, who holds medical degree from Columbia University, posted about some potentially promising research on Twitter.

Todaro linked to a Google Doc file and said there was “growing evidence of chloroquine as a highly effective treatment for COVID-19.”

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the virus, for which there has been no effective prevention or treatment to date, while chloroquine is a component in prescription drugs used to treat malaria and rheumatoid arthritis, among other conditions.

The research Todaro referred to was authored by him and two colleagues – Gregory Rigano of Johns Hopkins, and Thomas Broker of Stanford University.

Nevertheless, Google managed to block access to the linked Google Docs file for violating the giant’s terms of service, as well as its anti-abuse program and enforcement.

Journalist Celine D. Ryan tweeted about this on Wednesday saying that her father previously shared a white paper on hydroxychloroquine (a chloroquine analog) with her, but that the link was now dead.


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