Business Insider logo The words "Business Insider".
Close icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.

Twitter limits Donald Trump Jr.'s account and deletes his tweet featuring a 'misleading and potentially harmful' hydroxychloroquine video with a fringe Houston doctor

don trump jr vanessa don trump jr vanessa
REUTERS/Carlos Barria
  • Twitter has temporarily limited Donald Trump Jr.'s account after posting a hydroxychloroquine video Monday.
  • The company said the president's oldest son violated its policy on "spreading misleading or potentially harmful information related to COVID-19."
  • Under the sanction, Trump Jr.'s account would still be visible on the site and he would be able to browse Twitter, but unable to tweet or use functions such as the like button and retweets for 12 hours.
  • In the video he shared, a Houston doctor calls studies that question the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus "fake science," fueling a conspiracy theory that the treatment is being besmirched by elites.
  • A Twitter spokesman told Insider Trump Jr.'s account was not "suspended," but rather "Twitter required the Tweet to be deleted because it violated our rules, and that we would limit some account functionality for 12 hours."
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Twitter has temporarily limited Donald Trump Jr.'s account after he posted a misleading video on the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine on Monday.

The social media giant said the president's oldest son violated its COVID-19 misinformation policy.

2020欧洲杯小组赛A Twitter spokesman told Insider that contrary to the claim of a Republican adviser who shared a screenshot of the notice Trump Jr. was given, his account was not "suspended."

"We did not suspend the account," Trenton Kennedy, a Twitter spokesman, wrote in an email. "The screenshot shared directly says that Twitter required the Tweet to be deleted because it violated our rules, and that we would limit some account functionality for 12 hours. "

Specifically, his account was limited for "spreading misleading or potentially harmful information related to COVID-19."

2020欧洲杯小组赛Andrew Surabian, a top aide to Trump Jr., said in a statement to Business Insider that Twitter's move is evidence the company is "committing election interference to stifle Republican voices." 

The video in question shows a Houston doctor calling studies critical of the drug "fake science."

In the video, the doctor goes on to describe hydroxychloroquine as a "cure" for the coronavirus — there is — and that "you don't need masks" to mitigate the spread.

The same doctor has reportedly spread baseless theories "about alien DNA and the physical effects of having sex with witches and demons in your dreams," according to .

More: Breaking News Politics Don Jr Trump
Chevron icon It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options.
Close icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.