Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation

Source: The Hill | August 5, 2020 | Alice Miranda Ollstein

Twitter has locked the Trump campaign’s account over a clip containing misinformation about the novel coronavirus, saying the account will be able to resume tweeting only if it deletes the tweet in question.

The clip comes from a “Fox & Friends” interview and features the president claiming children are “almost immune” from the virus. The same excerpt was removed from Facebook earlier Wednesday.

The tweet “is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation,” Twitter spokesperson Liz Kelley told the Washington Post. “The account owner will be required to remove the tweet before they can tweet again.”

The campaign has the option to appeal the decision.

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  •  EVERYDAY #41731

    This is the sum and substance of the federal response to the COVID 19 pandemic: lies, misinformation, promotion of conspiracy theories, promotion of a drug with a dubious record against the virus and which may actually be harmful, constant contradiction of experts in the field of infectious diseases and so on. During this pandemic, Trump and his administration has been unhelpful and in many respect may have caused more harm.

    It’s about time social media curbs Trump’s ability to disseminate false or misleading information about the coronavirus. Doing so does not violate his freedom of speech, but rather, saves lives. In this situation, the well being of Americans takes precedence over Trump’s free speech rights.

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