Donald Trump Jr, the US president’s eldest son is banned by Twitter from tweeting for 12 hours.
The suspension followed a post by Donald Trump Jr containing a video discussing the benefits of hydroxychloroquine. President Trump and his son, Trump Jr. and others have suggested the anti malaria drug works as a preventative measure against coronavirus. However, medical studies indicate the contrary.
Twitter said the post by Trump Jr. violated its COVID-19 misinformation rules. Donald Trump Jr. will still be able to use the platform for browsing and sending direct messages in the interim. Also Read– Trump Jr.’s Trip To Mongolia Used $75k In Taxpayer Money
Twitter told the BBC: “We are taking action in line with our policy.”
Many social media sites have taken action to crack down on misinformation regarding COVID-19.
Andy Surabian, a spokesman for Donald Trump Jr told the BBC the decision had been “beyond the pale”.
“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,” he said.
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“While there is indeed much disagreement in the medical community about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in treating coronavirus, there have been studies reported by mainstream outlets like CNN, suggesting that it may in fact be an effective treatment.
“Those pretending otherwise are lying for political reasons.”