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While it was initially reported that Twitter deleted a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. that shared a video of a front line doctor touting the drug hydroxychloroquine as a “cure” for COVID-19, turns out the social media platform suspended his account altogether.
The Big Tech censorship of the video featuring physicians from America’s Frontline Doctors was something to behold — after being views by millions, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all scrubbed the video, those remnants can still be seen online.
According to Twitter, President Donald Trump’s eldest son and namesake was guilty of violating its policy on “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”
Make no mistake, this has more to do with the coming election than it does a video featuring Dr. Stella Immanuel, a West African born and trained physician practicing in Houston, who says she has had 100% success in treating over 350 patients, to include high risk patients, with hydroxychloroquine, Zithromax and zinc.
“Big Tech is the biggest threat to free expression in America today & they’re continuing to engage in open election interference – full stop,” tweeted Republican strategist Andrew Surabian, who is also Trump Jr’s spokesperson.
Big Tech is the biggest threat to free expression in America today & they’re continuing to engage in open election interference – full stop. pic.twitter.com/7dJbauq43O
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) July 28, 2020
Interestingly, President Trump also shared the video, but has not been suspended by Twitter. Yet.
ABC News reported that because Trump retweeted an account that shared the video, and Trump Jr. tweeted out the video directly, Twitter said it won’t take similar action against the president’s account.
The company downplayed Trump Jr.’s account being suspended, saying in a message that some features were “temporarily limited” after he violated company’s rules.
A spokesperson said “some” features would be limited for 12 hours because of the rule violation — Trump Jr. can reportedly still browse the app, but cannot tweet or retweet.
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) July 28, 2020
In a statement, Surabian accused Dorsey of “committing election interference to stifle Republican voices.”
“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,” Surabian said, according to the Washington Examiner.
“While there is indeed much disagreement in the medical community about the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine in treating coronavirus, there have been studies reported on by ‘mainstream’ outlets like CNN, suggesting that it may in fact be an effective treatment,” he added. “Those pretending otherwise are lying for political reasons.”
“It is beyond the pale for Twitter to silence someone for sharing the views of medical professionals who happen to dissent with their anti-Hydroxychloroquine narrative,” Surabian concluded.
Big Tech is determined not to allow its platforms to assist in Trump’s reelection, after playing such a big role in his success in 2016, but today’s move is the boldest example yet of how far they are willing to go with their censorship.
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