- Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter account got suspended on the grounds of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.
- Twitter stated that the account has not been permanently suspended.
- Social media platforms have taken measures and introduced new policies to stop the spread of harmful information.
Twitter restricted Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., on the grounds of spreading misinformation or “misleading and potentially harmful” information about the coronavirus.
The news about the restriction came about when a close person to Trump Jr., Republican political strategist Andrew Surabian, posted a screenshot on Twitter showing a message to Trump Jr. about the restriction of his account.
The message states that the Tweet of Trump Jr. requires immediate removal as it spreads misinformation during these times. As a result, the account will have limited functionality for 12 hours.
Twitter emphasized in a response Tweet to Surabian, that the message does not imply the permanent removal of the account.
Twitter confirmed to NPR, that the tweet shared by Trump Jr. contained video of a press conference, spread by Breitbart News, of a group calling itself America’s Frontline Doctors that had circulated through social media.
The video questions the use of facemasks despite the glaring scientific evidences of how useful facemasks are in the pandemic. It also promotes the use of the anti-malarial drug called hydroxychloroquine as a type of vaccine.
Trump has also publicly supported the use of hydroxychloroquine in spite of the lack of scientific evidence. The National Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have stated that the drug is likely to be useless.
The social media company also confirmed that tweets containing the video has also been deleted. In addition to removing the tweets and restricting Trump Jr.’s account, it has also imposed temporary restrictions on Breitbart News.
Donald Trump himself tweeted the video and also retweeted other tweets promoting the use of the drug. Two of his tweets have also been deleted.
Other social media giants like YouTube and Facebook also took down the video on grounds of violation of the spread of misinformation.
Social media platforms have taken ardent steps to stop the spread of misinformation of the coronavirus. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google have introduced policies to better identify and stop the false and dubious spread of coronavirus.
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