Twitter has removed a message from top White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas about doubts about the effectiveness of masks in fighting COVID-19.
The Atlas tweet reads “Do masks work? NO ”and preceded several others that questioned the use of face coatings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Atlas also uses examples of areas where he said “cases have erupted even with mandates”, including Los Angeles, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Spain and Israel.
In a statement to Hill, Twitter said the doctor’s tweet was “in violation of our COVID-1
The White House coronavirus adviser fired Twitter after removing the tweet, saying: “This means that the right policy is the direction of @realDonaldTrump: use masks as intended – when you are close to others, especially a healthy risk. Otherwise social distance. There are no widespread mandates. #CommonSense, “Atlas writes.
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The removal of Atlas’ tweet is the latest in a series of actions the company has taken to remove or mark posts from members of the Trump administration, including the president himself, that he believes are misleading or untrue when it comes to issues ranging the coronavirus pandemic to the upcoming presidential election.
Reporting or removing tweets or other social media posts has gained increased control from conservatives, as both Twitter and Facebook took action last week to stop an article in the New York Post about Hunter Biden – with GOP lawmakers. in Parliament, the Senate condemned the move as censorship and called on the two companies to explain themselves to Congress.
The removal of Twitter from Twitter to Twitter is also not the first time a medical professional has encountered major technology.
In September, a video from Atlas questioning the need for universal measures of social distancing was removed from YouTube for violating community standards.
Atlas, which supports the full opening of the economy, filmed an in-depth interview with the Hoover Institution, where he discussed the possibility of allowing natural immunity to control the virus.
Atlas stormed the massive video platform during an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, saying YouTube was “censoring science.”
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“It’s a disaster,” Atlas said. “We have already seen almost the obstruction of journalism. When you start censoring science, you remove the facts, removing the basic way we decide what is true and what is not. This is done, I think in history in different countries and you know, we are something like balancing on the edge of what is being done in third world countries – countries that we used to be proud of, ”Atlas said.
Atlas has become one of the most controversial members of the White House coronavirus working group and is often at odds with Dr. Anthony Fauci, another member of the working group and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on a number of issues. related to the pandemic.