WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Twitter has temporarily locked Donald Trump Jr.’s account after he shared a video, that according to the platform, contains coronavirus misinformation.
- A Twitter spokesperson said that the tweet violated its policies against COVID-19 misinformation and must be deleted.
- The president’s son’s account was not permanently suspended, but its functionality will be restricted for 12 hours or until he removed the tweet in question.
Twitter has temporarily restricted Donald Trump Jr.’s account after he shared a video containing COVID-19 misinformation. The social media platform said the president’s son violated its policy on “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”
Twitter explained that the move was not a permanent suspension.
Andrew Surabian, a Republican strategist, shared a screenshot of a message Don Jr. received from Twitter (via Vice).
The statement said that until Don Jr. removed the tweet in question, he couldn’t tweet, retweet, follow anyone or like any tweets. Direct Messages can still be used. The move, according to Twitter, would apply to his account for 12 hours, or until he removed that particular tweet.
Twitter also said that Don Jr. had the option of appealing the decision, but it seems the tweet has been deleted. It linked to a video that included false misinformation about the coronavirus. It shows several people wearing white lab coats who claim to be “America’s Frontline Doctors” as they hold a press conference in front of the Supreme Court.
“This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax,” said Dr. Stella Immanuel in the video. “You don’t need masks, there is a cure.”
Previous studies have already debunked those claims, which are in contradiction with the advice from public health officials.
Additionally, Dr. Immanuel has been known to promote dangerous medical claims. For instance, she suggested that alien DNA is used in some treatments and that microchips are being implanted in people via vaccines.
Breitbart published the video on Facebook on Monday. It garnered more than 14 million views and hundreds of thousands of shares. Facebook later removed the video, which it says shared “false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.”
Some versions of the clip popped up on YouTube and Twitter, both of which deleted it too in line with their COVID-19 misinformation policies.
Dr. Immanuel suggested that if Facebook didn’t restore the video of her Supreme Court speech, Jesus Christ would crash the company’s servers.
On Monday, President Donald Trump also shared the video on Twitter. The tweets have since been removed, without Twitter suspending or locking the president’s account.
Source: Yahoo Finance