Twitter limits Donald Trump Jr's account over COVID-19 video

Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2020

He is also restrained from using other features like following users and liking tweets.

The video shows several doctors, including Stella Immanuel, calling the studies against the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus "fake science". While in the penalty box, Trump Jr.'s account is unable to tweet, retweet or like posts.

On Monday evening, Donald Trump Jr. had his Twitter account temporarily limited for posting a video that showed a group of doctors sharing information about the coronavirus pandemic.

The video featured doctors from a group called America's Frontline Doctors.

The debate has been increasingly dividing Americans along political lines, with proponents of hydroxychloroquine pointing to President Trump's support of it while accusing critics of covering up its potential effectiveness.

The video was also taken down by Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc-owned YouTube after racking up millions of views, for breaking their rules on COVID-19 misinformation.

Fauci, who has led NIAID at the National Institutes of Health since 1984 and earned high marks in public polls, said he backed the FDA's decision on hydroxychloroquine.

Video of her fiery speech was shared on Twitter, where it racked up over 14 million views on Monday - partly due to the promotion by far-right news organizations.

The tweet that triggered this suspension was a video that had falsehoods about COVID-19.

The punishment followed a post by Donald Trump Jr containing a video discussing the benefits of Hydroxychloroquine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently withdrew an order that enabled hydroxychloroquine to be used as an emergency treatment for COVID-19.

A speaker who identifies herself as a doctor claims that people do not need to wear masks to avoid coronavirus transmission.

He added, "I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances".

Facebook and YouTube are also working to scrub instances of the viral video.

She said she has treated patients with hydroxychloroquine along with zinc, and the antibiotic zithromax.

It's unclear how many people saw the video before it was taken down.

To end the "lockout", Trump Jr. must willingly delete the tweet himself.

More than 4 million people in the US have been infected by the coronavirus and the death toll is nearing 150,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.