Washington – Twitter on Sunday removed a tweet shared by President Trump that contained false information about coronavirus statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), saying the company had violated its rules.
The tweet was originally posted by Twitter user Mel Q, a supporter of QAnon’s baseless conspiracy theory, and retweeted by Mr. Trump on Sunday. The publication claims that the CDC “quietly updates the Covid number” to show a small proportion of all deaths – 6% – of the coronavirus “actually” is the result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The majority of deaths, the publication said, were due to “other serious illnesses.”
The tweet was downloaded and a Twitter message said it was “no longer available because it violated Twitter’s rules.”
Another tweet from Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to Trump’s campaign, who promoted the same false statement about CDC statistics and was retweeted by Mr. Trump, remains on the site.
The information removed from Twitter appears to stem from the preliminary death toll for the coronavirus, which was updated on August 26, and lists the major health conditions among those killed by the virus. According to the CDC, “for 6% of deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, there were an average of 2.6 additional conditions or causes of death.”
In the United States, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus is approaching 6 million, and more than 183,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.