A minimum of 4 individuals who tried to debunk coronavirus misinformation that President Donald Trump mentioned in a Fox & Mates interview have been locked out of their Twitter accounts once they tweeted Trump’s phrases. Within the Wednesday interview, the president mentioned kids are “virtually immune” to the virus — which is fake.
“That is nuts, @TwitterSupport,” tweeted Aaron Rupar, an editor at Vox, who was one of many folks Twitter locked out. “My account was locked for quoting and fact-checking Trump, and I used to be pressured to delete this tweet. Why am I getting punished for shining a lightweight on the president’s falsehoods?”
Different folks complained that they have been locked out too.
A Twitter spokesperson didn’t remark to BuzzFeed Information about why the corporate locked these accounts.
On Wednesday, Twitter hid the video of the Fox Information interview on the Trump marketing campaign’s official account and didn’t enable it to tweet till it was taken down for violating the corporate’s COVID-19 misinformation guidelines. (Fb additionally eliminated the video from Trump’s official web page on the platform.)
Regardless of the motion this week, Twitter hasn’t been in line with imposing these guidelines. A tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk from March claiming that “youngsters are basically immune [to the coronavirus]” continues to be up.
A Twitter spokesperson didn’t reply to a BuzzFeed Information question about Musk’s tweet.