Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Donald Trump Jr. And Twitter.
On Tuesday Twitter penalized Donald Trump Jr. for posting misinformation about hydroxychloroquine, the social media giant said, keeping up with its tough stance on policing misleading posts from high profile users.
Twitter said that it had ordered the president’s son to delete the misleading tweet and that it would “limit some account functionality for 12 hours.” Trump Jr. can still direct message followers using his account, but he cannot tweet, retweet or like other tweets during the 12 hour restriction.
Trump Jr.’s deleted tweet now shows a notice that says, “This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.”
The tweet in question shows viral video showing a group of doctors making misleading and false claims about the coronavirus pandemic, was directly tweeted by Trump Jr.’s account. That contrasts with his father, who retweeted multiple tweets from others showing clips of the same video to his 84.2 million followers Monday night.
The video is a woman by the name of Dr. Stella Emmanuel who has a license in Family practice and she is from Nigeria. She stood in Washington surrounded by doctors speaking on how the Anti-Malaria Drug Hydroxychloriquine works on Coronavirus patients how people don’t have to wear a mask or social distance. Facebook scrubbed from its site the same viral video after more than 14 million people watched it. Facebook was still removing posts of the video Tuesday morning. YouTube said it also removed the video.
Twitter removed the videos, deleting several of the tweets that President Trump shared, and added a note to its trending topics warning about the potential risks of hydroxychloroquine use.
“Tweets with the video are in violation of our covid-19 misinformation policy,” according to Liz Kelley who is a Twitter spokeswoman while speaking to the Washington Post.