Twitter removes tweet from Trump coronavirus adviser that undermined importance of masks

Twitter removes tweet from Trump coronavirus adviser that undermined importance of masks”

The tweet, which comes as coronavirus cases spike across the United States, also linked to an article in the American Institute for Economic Research that argues against the effectiveness of masks, among other things.

"It would appear that despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks", Dr. Heneghan said of face coverings. The tweet outraged a Twitter policy that prevents sharing false or misleading misinformation about Covid-19 that could lead to harm, a company spokesperson said.

"Masks work? NO", Atlas, one of President Donald Trump's closest medical advisers, tweeted Saturday with a link to an article in the American Institute for Economic Research that argues that masks are ineffective.

He is also the latest person in Trump's world to have a tweet blocked by Twitter.

Atlas then followed up the tweet with praise of Trump's lax guidelines. "Otherwise, social distance. No widespread mandates", he wrote, accompanying his message with a #CommonSense hashtag.

The message pushed by the controversial neuroradiologist goes against guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends people wear masks in public settings and when around people who don't live in their household, especially when other social distancing measures are hard to maintain.

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

Trump, who was hospitalized with the disease for three nights in early October, has been criss-crossing the country in a surge of 11th-hour campaigning as he lags in many public opinion polls. Some congressional leaders accuse Twitter, Facebook and other internet companies of bias and say they are unfairly limiting speech close to the US election.

Since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been asking people to wear masks while being in public places, especially when social distancing is not an option.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that Birx has told Pence she does not trust Atlas, who has falsely claimed masks are ineffective against COVID-19 and pushed a herd immunity approach to the virus that scientists say would be disastrous. It flags "statements or assertions that have been confirmed to be false or misleading by subject-matter experts, such as public health authorities".

Atlas has a background in neuroradiology, not infectious diseases.

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