Twitter deleted a tweet from the White House’s senior coronavirus adviser, Dr Scott Atlas, for questioning the effectiveness of masks in the fight against COVID-19.
Atlas tweet read “Do the masks work? NO ”and preceded several others who questioned the use of face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Atlas also used examples of areas where he said “cases have exploded even with warrants” including Los Angeles, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Philippines, UK, Spain and Israel.
In a statement to the Hill, Twitter said the doctor’s tweet “was in violation of our COVID-19 Misleading Information Policy” which “prohibits the sharing of false or misleading COVID-19-related content that could cause harm. . ”
The White House coronavirus adviser hit back on Twitter after deleting the tweet, saying, “This means the right policy is the @realDonaldTrump directive: use masks for their intended purpose – when you are around others, especially at high risk. Otherwise, social distance. mandates. #CommonSense, ”Atlas wrote.
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The deletion of Atlas’s tweet is the latest in a series of actions the company has taken to delete or report posts from members of the Trump administration, including the president himself, which it says are misleading or false when it comes to issues ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to the upcoming presidential election.
Reporting or deleting tweets or other social media posts has come under intense scrutiny from Conservatives since Twitter and Facebook took action last week to end a New York Post article centered on Hunter Biden – with GOP lawmakers in the Senate decried the move as censorship and called on both companies to explain themselves to Congress.
Twitter’s deletion of Atlas’s tweet is also not the first time the healthcare professional has come up against big tech.
In September, an Atlas video questioning the need for universal social distancing measures was removed from YouTube for violating community standards.
Atlas, who supports a complete reopening of the economy, filmed an in-depth interview with the Hoover Institution where he discussed the possibility of allowing natural immunities to control the virus.
Atlas lashed out at the massive video platform in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson – saying YouTube “censors science.”
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“It’s a disaster,” Atlas said. “We have already seen the near obstruction of journalism. When you start censoring science, you suppress the facts, suppressing the fundamental way of deciding what is truth and what is not. It’s been done, I think, historically in various countries and you know we’re kind of on the edge of what’s being done in third world countries – countries that we were proudly distinguished from, ”Atlas said.
Atlas has become one of the more controversial members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and has often disagreed with Dr Anthony Fauci, another member of the task force and director of the National Allergy Institute. and infectious diseases, on a range of pandemic issues.