Twitter has recently deleted the two tweets by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for spreading misinformation regarding the ongoing health emergency all across the world. Apart from eliminating the tweets of the Brazilian president, the social media giant has also removed the contents of the president of Venezuela and former mayor of New York City for violating the ban put by Twitter on the ongoing health emergency content. While removing the materials of the presidents of Brazil and Venezuela, it was said that the tweets of both are against the guidance provided by the authoritative sources of local and global public health information.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Twitter said in an email that the social media giant will continuously keep on reviewing the contents regarding emergency health outbreaks and will not hesitate to remove the tweets violating the rules of Twitter and spreading misinformation about emergency health outbreak. Further, the spokesperson said that the conversation of the current health emergency is going on all across the globe, and any misinformation will not only create panic among the people but also worsen the current situation. He further added that everywhere the government is promoting social distancing as it is the only solution to fight against the current health emergency. So, any content or tweet which has been posted on Twitter violating the measures of social distancing will be removed. The spokesperson of Twitter said that the social media giant is committed to remaining vigilant in such an emergency and focusing on protecting the conversation about public health. Twitter, by taking such steps, is helping the people to get the right information from only authoritative sources regarding the ongoing health emergency.
Amidst all, it has been revealed that the two Tweets of President Bolsonaro removed by Twitter included the videos in which he has endorsed the use of hydroxychloroquine as the potential treatment option for curing the ongoing health outbreak. Apart from that, president Bolsonaro was also seen as willing to end the current social distancing among the people. The Brazilian president said that he has come to know that the people of Brazil are eager to return to their work. Meanwhile, it is worthwhile to note that hydroxychloroquine still has not been proven as the potential treatment for curing the current health issue all across the globe. It is not the first time that the social media giants have removed such content spreading misinformation and violating the rules. Earlier, According to BBC News Brazil, Facebook has also removed the video of President Bolsonaro, which was posted on Instagram and the leading social network of Facebook. While eliminating the videos of the Brazilian president, Facebook said that both Instagram and Facebook couldn’t allow anyone to violate the community rules of social networking sites. The social media giants said that such contents would not only spread misinformation among the people but also lead to harm to the people physically.
Furthermore, Twitter has removed the videos of the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, who was seen endorsing a brew which could eliminate the infectious genes of the ongoing health issue and save the people from the disease. Apart from these, Twitter has also removed the tweets of actress Alyssa Milano and John McAfee, who is a businessman and found spreading misinformation on the emergency health outbreak from their Twitter handle. The Twitter handle of the Federalist has been locked by the social media giant when it came to know that the federalist is endorsing to join a health outbreak party, which could expose a large number of people to such infection.
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