Twitter has suspended Donald Trump Jr.‘s account for 12 hours for posting “misleading and potentially harmful information” about the coronavirus.
The president’s oldest son shared the tweet which promoted the drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure and included a video of people claiming to be doctors and arguing that “you don’t need masks.” A Twitter spokesperson explained, “The Tweet is in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.” Trump Jr. will not be allowed to tweet for 12 hours.
President Trump shared the same tweet but took it down and has not been suspended. (Vice)
- It’s very irresponsible to tweet misleading information about a deadly virus.
- Once again, Twitter is attacking free speech.
- Good for Twitter for doing the responsible thing.
- Twitter flagged the tweet and included a link to information about COVID-19 from the World Health Organization.