Twitter forced podcaster Rubin to delete tweet: COVID vaccines ‘clearly not working as promised’
Proposals for a federal mandate and booster shots should “take a pause” in light of reporting, he said.
Twitter locked popular podcaster Dave Rubin out of his account for tweeting that COVID-19 vaccines are “clearly not working as promised just weeks ago” and that proposals for a federal mandate and booster shots should “take a pause” as a result.
The tweet included screenshots from mainstream media reports, such as a doctor expressing shock to The Washington Post that data show vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant shedding as much virus as unvaccinated people.
The heterodox liberal posted the notifications he received from Twitter last night, which told him he posted “misleading and harmful information related to COVID-19” and must delete the tweet to get back in his account. If he appealed, he would remain locked out while Twitter considered his appeal.
“Everything I said in this tweet is true. Biden mentioned federal mandate today, the vax obviously isn’t working as intended, and Pfizer is talking booster shots,” he said.
Rubin chose to delete the tweet and got back into his account Friday morning. He told Fox News he caved because his new book was going on pre-order Friday.
Twitter forced me to delete the tweet to get my account back. Here are headlines from USA Today, WaPo and CNN confirming what I said in the tweet.
The assault on truth by big tech and the government is much of what the book is about.
I’ll be updating the intro accordingly. pic.twitter.com/ja9RUFhMyx
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 30, 2021
Rubin was on Fox News describing how “big tech, the Dems and mainstream media coordinate to push lies” when Twitter locked him out, he claimed. His final tweet Thursday night told visitors to watch him interviewed by host Jeanine Pirro
He said Twitter users were telling him his tweets were disappearing from their timeline “in real time” Friday morning.
“As always, Twitter simply refuses to explain its censorship decision beyond these generalized, categorical statements” about misinformation, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley wrote.
“It is not clear if Twitter is calling these facts misinformation or objecting to Rubin’s opinion about a pause. It does not matter. Twitter does not like his viewpoint and does not want others to read it or discuss it,” Turley said, which is “precisely what Democratic leaders pressed Twitter to do in past hearings” on misinformation online.
Just before noon, Rubin posted a new notification from Twitter claiming it made “an error” in suspending his account. Its review was apparently prompted by “reports of violations” of Twitter rules.
“Yesterday’s misleading and potentially harmful information is misinformation is today’s error!” he tweeted.
Yesterday’s misleading and potentially harmful information is misinformation is today’s error! pic.twitter.com/z6yTz4neWP
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 30, 2021
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