Twitter on Tuesday penalized Donald Trump Jr. for posting hydroxychloroquine misinformation, the social media giant said, underlining the tough stance it has taken in policing misleading posts from high-profile users including the president in recent weeks.
Twitter said it ordered the president’s son to delete the misleading tweet and said it would “limit some account functionality for 12 hours.”
The tweet, which featured a viral video showing a group of doctors making misleading and false claims about the coronavirus pandemic, was directly tweeted by Trump Jr.‘s account. That contrasts with his father, who retweeted multiple clips of the same video to his 84.2 million followers Monday night.
Twitter removed the videos, deleting several of the tweets that President Trump shared, and added a note to its trending topics warning about the potential risks of hydroxychloroquine use.
Twitter revealed that last week’s massive hack affecting Joe Biden, Elon Musk and other prominent political and business leaders was even worse than it initially appeared. The company said in a blog post on Saturday that hackers who gained access to Twitter’s internal systems by manipulating its employees were able to reset the passwords and send tweets from 45 of the 130 accounts they targeted. The attackers were also able to view the personal information including the email addresses and phone numbers of all targeted accounts, and potentially more information.
Even more striking: The hackers were able to download a wide swath of information – including an archive that contains direct messages, tweets and profile information – for eight accounts. None of these were verified users, the company said.
Donald Trump suggests he trusts the opinion of an ex-game show host over his country’s own public health institute, the Centers for Disease Control. The president shared a tweet from Chuck Woolery that said “Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors.” With more than 135,000 people dead in the United States from coronavirus, the former host of Love Connection thinks this is all about the election. Curious how Woolery (and Trump) would explain the almost 13 million cases worldwide.