Twitter Removed a Rudy Giuliani/Charlie Kirk Tweet That Contained Misinformation
During this pandemic, many Americans have used the internet to educate themselves about the coronavirus. Unfortunately, many sites are rife with misinformation about the virus.
These false facts can become even more dangerous if they are delivered by verified sources with large followings. Twitter has said that the site is committed to removing messages that violate their rules. The site recently put this policy into action, deleting a tweet posted by Rudy Giuliani and Charlie Kirk with deceptive claims about COVID-19.
Giuliani posted a tweet reading, “Hydroxychoroquine has been shown to have a 100% effective rate treating COVID-19. Yet, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is threatening Doctors who prescribe it. If Trump is for something – Democrats are against it. They’re ok with people dying if it means opposing Trump.”
Twitter not only removed this tweet, they also removed one from Republican activist Charlie Kirk that basically said the same thing.
The site noted, “This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.”
The drug is not approved by the FDA as it has not been clinically tested.
Michigan has not been cracking down on Doctors who prescribe the drug for COVID-19 patients, but for themselves. The state penned a letter that read, “The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has received multiple allegations of Michigan physicians inappropriately prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to themselves, family, friends, and/or coworkers without a legitimate medical purpose.”