Twitter Restricts Donald Trump Jr.’s Account Over COVID-19 Misinformation

Twitter confirmed that it had positioned non permanent restrictions on the account of Donald Trump Jr., proven right here talking at an occasion in Phoenix final month. Evan Vucci/AP disguise caption

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Twitter confirmed that it had positioned non permanent restrictions on the account of Donald Trump Jr., proven right here talking at an occasion in Phoenix final month.

Evan Vucci/AP

Twitter put a 12 hour restriction on Donald Trump Jr.’s account, saying the president’s son put out a tweet that contained “misleading and potentially harmful” details about the coronavirus.

The information emerged after an individual near Trump Jr. — Republican political strategist Andrew Surabian — posted a display shot exhibiting what gave the impression to be a message to Trump Jr. alerting him of a short lived restrict on his account based mostly on the corporate’s coverage on spreading misinformation on COVID-19.

Twitter confirmed the restriction in a subsequent tweet, emphasizing the motion was a short lived restrict on a few of his account’s options and never a everlasting suspension.

The firm didn’t specify of the precise contents of the tweet. But a number of media accounts say it included a video of a viral press convention, disseminated by Breitbart of a gaggle calling itself America’s Frontline Doctors.

The video questions the efficacy of masks utilization regardless of widespread and clear evidence on the contrary. It additionally promotes giving the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to coronavirus sufferers. Trump has touted this concept, regardless of a scarcity of scientific proof. The National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have said the drug will not be more likely to be efficient.

President Trump additionally reportedly shared the video, and retweeted others selling using the drug. Two tweets on the president’s timeline have been deleted, although the corporate didn’t instantly verify to NPR whether or not they contained clips of the video.

Facebook and YouTube additionally took down the video printed by Breitbart, in accordance with a number of studies.

Social media corporations have struggled to fight false and deceptive details about the pandemic posted on their platforms. Twitter, Facebook and Google all introduced policies to higher determine and take away false and doubtful details about the coronavirus pandemic.

Editor’s word: Google and Facebook are amongst NPR’s monetary supporters.

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