Tue, 28 Jul 2020 23:58:44
Twitter has forced Donald Trump Jr. — President Trump's outspoken son — to delete tweets from his timeline linking to viral videos recently spreading misinformation about COVID-19 that was posted by right-wing Breitbart news outlets, as was first reported by Vice.
The tweet shared a video from a group called America's Frontline Doctors, which has been popular among conspiracies on social media. Yesterday, the video played 20 million views on Facebook before being deleted as incorrect information.
“This is a must-watch!!!” read Trump Jr.'s tweets. Which is now deleted. “So different from the narrative that everyone is running with.” The tweet includes a link to another tweet (now also removed) that displays the video, which calls hydroxychloroquine a “cure” COVID-19 and claims that masks are not needed to fight viruses — in strong opposition to most guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other major medical organizations, as confirmed by a growing research body.
A post shared by Trump Jr. spokesman Andrew Surabian claims that the account will be suspended for 12 hours for posting a new tweet. A statement from Twitter to the Deputy clarified that it was “temporary lockout until the Tweet is deleted—not a suspension.” In a statement posted on Twitter, Surabian commented that “it is beyond the pale for Twitter to silence someone for sharing the views of medical professionals who happen to dissent with their anti-Hydroxychloroquine narrative”
BREAKING: @Twitter & @jack have suspended @DonaldJTrumpJr for posting a viral video of medical doctors talking about Hydroxychloroquine.— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) July 28, 2020
Big Tech is the biggest threat to free expression in America today & they're continuing to engage in open election interference - full stop. pic.twitter.com/7dJbauq43O
The American Frontline Doctors group has gained a new profile from the video's popularity, although it supports strange and strange claims in the past. The pediatrician who appeared in the previous video alleged that alien DNA was being used in medical care and that “reptilians” and other aliens had infiltrated the US government.
President Trump also tweeted the link to the video several times on Monday, even though Twitter only deleted the tweet, citing that they “in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.” Twitter has an extensive COVID-19 policy page, which notes that the company will “delete content that is proven to be false or potentially misleading which has the highest risk of causing damage.”
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