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The microblogging platform Twitter has banned the son of US President Donald Trump, Don Jr for allegedly spreading falsehood about coronavirus.
Donald Jr had his account suspended Wednesday after officials of Twitter said he had been posting ‘misleading and potentially harmful information’ about Covid-19.
Don Jr account was suspended for sharing a tweet from Houston-based Doctor Stella Immanuel that falsely claimed anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is a cure for Covid-19. Immanuel wrote: ‘COVID has cure. America wake up.’
The Texas doctor who also made some weird claims of some illnesses being caused by intercourse with demons and witches shared multiple other tweets identifying that cure as hydroxychloroquine.
Following the ban on Don Jr’s account, he will not be able to post any more information for his 5.3 million followers although his previous tweets remain visible. He will only be allowed access if the offensive tweet is expunged, a spokesman for the social media giant said.
A spokesman said: ‘The Tweet is in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy. The account will be locked until the account owner removes the Tweet.’
President Donald Trump also retweeted the same post. It has since been removed from his timeline by Twitter, although the president can still tweet, and his account has not been suspended. Twitter bosses previously indicated Trump would be allowed to tweet even if he broke the social media network’s own rules because of his position as president.
Earlier in May, Trump Sr boasted of taking the drug as a preventive measure, despite scientific studies showing it could kill people who take it for coronavirus.