Social Media platform Twitter blocks tweets from Trump's close aid

Social Media platform Twitter blocks tweets from Trump's close aid

Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, had one of his tweets removed by Twitter on Sunday. He also cited material from Oxford's Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and even the World Health Organization itself, which conceded that "widespread use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not yet supported by high quality or direct scientific evidence and there are potential benefits and harms to consider".

Atlas, a neuroradiologist and President Donald Trump's hand-picked coronavirus adviser, had undermined the importance of face masks with misinformation in a Saturday Twitter post.

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

Atlas then followed up the tweet with praise of Trump's lax guidelines.

Atlas' statement also goes against the guidelines laid down by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends people wear masks in public settings, especially when other physical distancing measures are hard to maintain. Otherwise, social distance. No widespread mandates.

The main approach from the Trump team now very much appears to be hell-bent on pushing for a rushed vaccine, often against the advice of a slew of health experts.

The Trump administration has worked to tamp down on testing, fearing how the dire COVID-19 infection rates in the US could hurt the President politically ahead of the November elections. Some have called for the leaders of Twitter and Facebook, which has also taken action on some of Trump's posts, to testify in front of Congress as soon as the coming week. Then the CDC put out a statement criticizing the tweet, widening the ongoing conflict between the agency and the White House.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear face masks to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. A medical doctor, Atlas does not have a background in infectious diseases or public health.

"CDC guidance on masks has clearly stated that wearing a mask is meant to protect other people in case the mask wearer is infected". "Apart from this, he also said that the policy asking people to wear masks can not be supported".

"I don't understand why the tweets were deleted", Atlas said in an email to the wire service.

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