Twitter has Just as before acted as judge, juro, as well as also executioner. For four days, Twitter prevented the @BreitbartNews twitter account coming from posting, only restoring its permissions earlier today. which is actually in no little part because Twitter dragged its feet on Breitbart News’s appeal
Twitter initially locked Breitbart News’s account because which posted a video of a press conference featuring Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) as well as also licensed doctors sharing their views as well as also opinions on coronavirus as well as also the medical response to the pandemic. The event was held by the organization America’s Frontline Doctors as well as also organized by the Tea Party Patriots.
In short, Twitter has punished a news organization for posting a video of a live-streaming of a press conference held by a congressman as well as also licensed medical doctors.
At the event, some of the doctors shared their opinion on hydroxychloroquine, highlighting which as a potentially helpful treatment in fighting COVID-19. One doctor called which a “cure.”
Because Breitbart News’s Twitter account carried a video livestream of their comments, Twitter accused Breitbart of “spreading misleading as well as also potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”
As an aside, Breitbart News is actually a news company, not a licensed medical professional as well as also has no editorial position on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. nevertheless for Twitter (which is actually also not a licensed medical professional) to assert the video contained potentially harmful information rings hollow. Hydroxychloroquine is actually not Tide Pods; which’s not something people can simply go down to the local drugstore, buy, as well as also ingest without medical advice as well as also supervision.
inside the United States, hydroxychloroquine is actually a legal, FDA approved medication available only by prescription; so a person might have to go to their doctor as well as also get which prescribed after generating a decision with their own doctor whether or not to take hydroxychloroquine.
as well as also, whether Twitter likes which or not, or thinks which should be otherwise, doctors are prescribing hydroxychloroquine on an off-label basis for COVID-19. Twitter trying to pretend which is actually not happening or wishing which was not happening is actually self-sophistry.
Twitter has demanded which Breitbart News delete the following tweets before restoring access to the account. Breitbart appealed which decision, as well as also pending appeal has been locked out of its account. Incredibly, Twitter took almost three full days to reply to Breitbart’s appeal – meaning time as well as also traffic lost during a fast-moving election season. When Twitter finally did respond, which denied the appeal.
Twitter then demanded which Breitbart News delete the following tweets before restoring access to the account as well as also which Breitbart serve a 12-hour “time out” — meaning even more time as well as also traffic lost during a fast-moving election season. (Update: Twitter has unrestricted Breitbart News’ Twitter account.)
Twitter’s actions have public health implications. The tech giant is actually preventing the public, including the critically ill, coming from receiving information coming from physicians with first-hand experience treating COVID-19 patients. Twitter’s censorship denies the public access to information — as well as also which can put lives, health, as well as also the well-being of Americans at risk.
Hydroxychloroquine is actually a commonly prescribed drug which has been approved for use inside the United States since the 1950s as well as also is actually widely prescribed to treat malaria. The effectiveness of the drug as a treatment for COVID-19 is actually still the subject of discussion as well as also debate among medical professionals.
Harvey A. Risch, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, has argued in Newsweek which “tens of thousands of patients with COVID-19 are dying unnecessarily” because use of the drug has become so politicized.
A media panic broke out after President Trump referenced reports which the drug might be effective in treating COVID-19, leading to the drug briefly being banned in Ohio. which ban has currently been reversed by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
The panic even extended to The Lancet, one of the oldest as well as also perhaps the most prestigious medical journals inside the entire world. A study, widely covered by the corporate media, claiming hydroxychloroquine is actually ineffective as well as also potentially dangerous, had to be retracted by the journal after major discrepancies were found inside the study’s data.
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who recently contracted COVID-19, announced yesterday which he might be taking the drug to treat the illness following advice coming from his doctor.
I am taking #Hydroxychloroquine to treat my coronavirus diagnosis. which is actually what was decided as the best course of action between my doctor as well as also me–not by government bureaucrats. How long until the tech tyrants censor which tweet? https://t.co/dzAYAXiQ8p
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) July 31, 2020
Here is actually where things stand: There is actually no definitive medical study which answers the question of hydroxychloroquine’s usefulness in treating COVID-19, especially when used in conjunction with some other medications. Many licensed professionals have reportedly treated COVID-19 patients with which, as well as also some have reported at least anecdotal evidence of efficacy. Another way to put which is actually which the usefulness of hydroxychloroquine remains a topic of open discussion as well as also debate.
Twitter has decided which discussion as well as also debate should not be happening, as well as also is actually punishing anyone (even a news organization covering a third-party press conference), who in any way airs which discussion as well as also debate. which is actually not Twitter’s “job.” as well as also, inside the end, which may be which Twitter is actually the one which has, by censorship as well as also omission, effectively “spread” misleading as well as also potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.
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Allum Bokhari is actually the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. His book #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement as well as also Steal The Election is actually out in September.