Twitter Removes Tweet from Top Trump Coronavirus Adviser Saying Masks Don’t Work

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White House Coronavirus Adviser's Post About Using Masks Gets Deleted by Twitter

Reaction was swift after White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas, MD, tweeted Saturday questioning whether facial coverings help curb the spread of the virus.

The original tweet has now been removed by Twitter.

On Sunday, Twitter took down the tweet and replaced it with a note saying "This Tweet is no longer available", along with a link to Twitter's rules and policies explaining why the company removes or limits certain posts that spread misinformation. "World Health Organization:"widesprd use not supported" + many harms; Heneghan/Oxf CEBM:"despite decades, considerble uncertainty re value"; CDC rvw May:"no sig red'n in inflnz transm'n"; learn why".

Over the weekend, Atlas tweeted "Masks work?"

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The "This Tweet is unavailable" label was put on Atlas' Twitter feed where his tweet once was.

He said his tweet was aimed to show that "general population masks and mask mandates do not work", and he clarified that the correct policy is to use masks when one can not socially distance. He clarified that the right policy related to the mask is that it should be used only when one can not follow social distance.

The deletion of Atlas' tweet is the latest in what has become an ongoing battle between Trump and internet companies.

Twitter hid a tweet from the Team Trump campaign account with the same video, and banned it from tweeting. Some congressional leaders accuse Twitter, Facebook and other internet companies of bias and say they are unfairly limiting speech close to the US election.

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Twitter has also censored false and misleading claims made by Trump about the coronavirus on the microblogging website.

And while the report includes statements from Atlas in which he attempts to dispute the characterization of him as a poisonous force whose messaging has deeply infected the Trump administration's pandemic plan, or lack thereof, his own public behavior and the insight from a number of those closely involved with the White House show exactly that. A medical doctor, Atlas does not have a background in infectious diseases or public health.

Masks are primarily to prevent people who have the virus from infecting others.

In September, Twitter had deleted a tweet shared by Trump that downplayed the coronavirus death count in the country.

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