Twitter Limits Trump Jr.’s Access After He Shares COVID Misinformation

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The president's son shared a video touting a cure for COVID-19 and claiming that masks are unnecessary.

CNBC reports that Donald Trump Jr. saw his ability to use Twitter limited this week “after sharing a video on the social media platform that violated its Covid-19 misinformation rules, the company confirmed Tuesday.”

  • The video in question, which went viral on social media before it was taken down by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, “was created by right-wing media outlet Breitbart” and “depicts a group of people dressed in white lab coats — who call themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” — staging a press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.”
  • The group claims that hydroxychloroquine is “a cure for Covid” and “you don’t need a mask” to slow the virus’ spread.
  • A Twitter spokesperson accused Trump Jr. of “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to Covid-19.”
  • According to the report, “Trump Jr. is still able to browse the app, but is unable to tweet, retweet, follow or like posts for a 12-hour period.”
  • Nevertheless, Trump Jr.’s spokesperson, Andy Surabian, claimed that social media companies are trying to silence conservatives on their platforms, saying:

“Twitter suspending Don Jr. for sharing a viral video of medical professionals discussing their views on Hydroxychloroquine is further proof that Big Tech is intent on killing free expression online and is another instance of them committing election interference to stifle Republican voices.”

  • However, Twitter said Trump Jr.’s account was not suspended and that “with the exception of the tweet that Twitter said violates its policies, the rest of Trump Jr.’s tweets are still visible on his page.”

CNBC also reported that “President Donald Trump shared several versions of the video with his 84 million Twitter followers before they were taken down, even though his own administration has recommended people wear masks.”

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