Twitter has removed a “misleading” tweet by a top US coronavirus adviser for violating its Covid-19 information policy.

Dr Scott Atlas has downplayed the importance of masks in stopping the spread of infection – despite the health experts widely endorsing the containment measure. On Sunday, he tweeted: “Masks work? NO.”

Twitter Inc removed the tweet on Sunday, saying it violated its misleading information policy on COVID-19, which targets statements that have been confirmed to be false or misleading by subject-matter experts.

Donald Trump’s advisor – whose views align with the president’s own on mask-wearing, if not with the medical establishment – has been criticised by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for spreading misinformation.

“Everything he says is false,” Robert Redfield said about Atlas, NBC reported. Redfield later confirmed he had been talking about Atlas.

Source: The Guardian

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