As a temporary punishment, Twitter has suspended Donald Trump Jr from tweeting for 12 hours. It happened when the U.S president’s eldest son uploaded a video of practitioners speaking about the hydroxychloroquine drug.
According to Twitter, the video was misleading and contained controversial content provoking the public. The post had content against Twitter guidelines, and somewhere was violating COVID-19 misinformation rules.
Soon after the video was uploaded, Twitter took off the video and suspended Donald Trump Jr from posting anything on Twitter for the next 12 hours, at least.
When BBC asked Twitter about the incident, it said- “We are taking action in line with our policy.” Source: BBC.
As soon as Twitter responded to the uploaded video, a spokesman for Donald Trump Jr, Andy Surabian, described Twitter’s decision as something “beyond the pale.”
Surabian continued and said- “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,” Source: BBC.
His comments on Twitter’s response continued and stated- “While there is indeed much disagreement in the medical community about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in treating coronavirus, there have been studies reported by mainstream outlets like CNN, suggesting that it may in fact by an effective treatment. Those pretending otherwise are lying for political reasons.” Source: BBC.
Besides the incident, Twitter’s move has been acknowledged as the latest trick to crack down any misleading information on the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the suspension of Donald Trump Jr will definitely emerge and accelerate a clash between the social media platform and President Trump, yet it has been considered as a required step.
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