Twitter on Tuesday partially suspended the account of Donald Trump Jr after he posted a video claiming hydroxychloroquine cures COVID-19.
The account was suspended for spreading misleading and potentially harmful information about the coronavirus, his spokesman Andrew Surabian announced over social media.
He posted the viral video showing a US-based Cameroonian doctor, Stella Immanuella, talking about Hydroxychloroquine as the cure for COVID-19.
Hydroxychloroquine is used to prevent and treat malaria, and has been long touted by Trump and others as a potential if not effective means of prevention against COVID-19.
Health officials have stated that there is no evidence that the drug is effective against the coronavirus, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have cautioned against its use.
The video was first shared by Breitbart – a right wing news platform in the US.
The video was pulled from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter due to violating policies regarding spreading false information about COVID-19.
However, Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. both shared the video, with Trump retweeting it and Trump Jr. tweeting it. Both have been pulled from the site.
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