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Twitter has removed a tweet from White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas who claimed that face coverings are not effective in stopping the virus’s spread.
Atlas, who has previously spoken out against lockdowns, tweeted on Saturday: “Masks work? NO”, alongside a link to an article that argued against the success of face coverings.
He later followed up this tweet by writing: “That means the right policy is [President Trump’s] guideline: use masks for their intended purpose – when close to others, especially hi risk.” Dr. Atlas also added that he believes widespread mask mandates are not needed.
Twitter has since removed his original tweet.
The social media platform has been cracking down on misinformation in recent months, posting warning labels on controversial tweets and,most recently, even temporarily blocking President Trump’s account.
Under the new misinformation policy, Twitter prohibits sharing false or misleading content related to COVID-19, which could lead to harm.
According to a company spokesperson, Atlas’s tweet was in violation of this policy, Newsweek reported.
That means the right policy is @realDonaldTrump guideline: use masks for their intended purpose – when close to others, especially hi risk. Otherwise, social distance. No widespread mandates.
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics