Twitter has permanently suspended former New York Times reporter and author Alex Berenson, a critic of coronavirus lockdowns and warrants, from its platform.
“The account you referenced has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of our COVID-19 disinformation rules,” a Twitter spokesperson told Fox News in response to an investigation Saturday night.
On his Substack page, Berenson then posted a short post, just over 152 characters long, titled “Goodbye Twitter.”
“It was the tweet that did it,” he wrote, above a screenshot of his account before it was deleted. ” Totally correct. I can’t wait to hear from a jury. “
In this tweet, he wrote that the coronavirus vaccine does not stop infection or transmission.
“Don’t think of it as a vaccine,” he continued. “Think of it – at best – as a therapy with a limited window of effectiveness and a terrible side effect profile that must be dosed BEFORE DISEASE. “
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The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 vaccines “are safe and effective” after tens of thousands of clinical trials and side effects are rare.
Berenson, 48, made national headlines last year for his criticism of coronavirus lockdowns and warrants, drawing anger from Big Tech, mainstream media and others who have sought to bury his writings .
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In a December editorial for the Wall Street Journal, Berenson warned that the COVID-19 pandemic had ushered in “a new era of censorship and suppression.”
“Information has never been so abundant or easier to distribute. Yet we are sliding into a new era of censorship and suppression, encouraged by tech giants and traditional media companies. As someone who has been falsely labeled a ‘coronavirus denier’, ”he wrote at the time. “I saw this crisis firsthand. “
By this time, he had just finished fighting with Amazon over a dispute over his own self-published books.
“Since June, Amazon has made two attempts to remove the self-published brochures I wrote on Covid-19 and the response to it,” he continued. “These brochures do not contain conspiracy theories. Like the scientists who wrote the Great Barrington Declaration, I just believe that many measures to control the coronavirus have been damaging, counterproductive, and unsupported by science. “
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Berenson worked at the New York Times from 1999 to 2010, before becoming a full-time novelist. He has also published non-fiction, including a controversial 2019 book that opposed the legalization of marijuana.
Bradford Betz of FOX Business contributed to this report.