It became known that Google Docs restricted Dr. Vladimir Zelenko from sharing several documents he created. When the doctor tried to share docs with other users, they received a note with an alert from Google that claimed that the docs violated the company’s Terms of Service, without any particular mention of what was wrong with the documents.
The documents that Google censored included an op-ed the doctor wrote as well as a letter he sent to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo concerning the pandemic. In particular, the documents discussed Dr. Zelenko’s idea of ways to prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations.
It seems that the restrictions are aimed directly at Dr. Zelenko, not the content itself, since it was shareable on other accounts. Dr. Zelenko says that he is not surprised Google restricts his documents because he is already used to media censorship. Earlier, he was banned by YouTube, Facebook, and his Twitter account was also suspended. He also noted that access to his website was also limited by Google search.
The world found out about Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a board-certified family physician with over 20 years of experience, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, when he suggested an alternative way to treat COVID-19 patients and created his own treatment protocol called The Zelenko Protocol.
Dr. Vladimir Zelenko was nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom and recognized as a hero at the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing.
Google has not provided any comments as to the situation.