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Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter Account Partially Suspended Over COVID-19 Misinformation

Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter Account Partially Suspended Over
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Twitter partially suspended the account of Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, because he shared a viral video containing misinformation about the coronavirus.

Andrew Surabian, Trump’s spokesperson, tweeted that Trump’s account has been “suspended,” though it appears as though he’s only been blocked from tweeting temporarily.

Twitter alerted Trump that the company had “temporarily limited” some of his “account features,” according to a screenshot shared by Surabian.

Twitter confirmed that Trump’s account was not permanently suspended, but would have limited functionality for 12 hours.

The partial suspension was in response to a tweet Trump sent Monday evening that shared a video of doctors alleging that hydroxychloroquine can cure or prevent COVID-19.

In its notice to Trump, Twitter stated that he violated the platform’s rules by “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”

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The Food and Drug Administration has warned against using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 due to a risk of heart rhythm problems.

“This is a much [sic] watch!!! So different from the narrative that everyone is running with,” Trump wrote in his tweet.

The tweet has since been removed by Twitter.

President Donald Trump also shared the video on Twitter on Monday, as part of a series of retweets he did promoting hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment.

Asked why the president’s account was not partially suspended, Twitter said: “The President did not Tweet the video in question, he Retweeted it. Therefore, the account owner of the Tweet he Retweeted will face enforcement action.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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