Twitter has banned the tweeting of the US president’s eldest son for 12 hours.
Following this action, Donald Trump Jr. put a video clip discussing the benefits of hydroxychloroquine.
Some, including President Trump, have suggested anti-malarial drugs work as a preventive measure against malaria, despite medical studies that indicate to the contrary.
Twitter said the post violated its Kovid-19 misinformation rules.
Donald Trump Jr. will still be able to browse Twitter and send messages directly in the interim.
“We’re taking action in line with our policy,” Twitter told the BBC.
The main US social media sites have taken all measures to crack down on misinformation about coronoviruses.
A spokesman for Donald Trump Jr., Andy Surbian, told the BBC that the decision was “beyond”.
“Twitter suspended Don Jr. for sharing a viral video of medical professionals discussing their views on hydroxychloroquine, further proof that big technology is intent on killing free expression, And another example of them is electoral intervention to stop Republican voices. “
“While there is indeed a lot of disagreement in the medical community about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of coronovirus, studies reported by mainstream outlets such as CNN have shown that it can actually occur by an effective treatment.
“Otherwise pretenders are lying for political reasons.”
By Mariana Spring, expert dissolution and social media reporter
This is the latest move by Twitter to crack down on coronovirus misinformation – and the latest increase in conflict with President Trump and his allies.
This latest move to restrict the account of the president’s son will no doubt ignite the fire, with greater crisis of censorship by the president’s supporters.
Misleading, damaging claims about hydroxychloroquine have been promoted throughout the epidemic by public figures and politicians.
Discussions about the drug have only become polarized such as the ongoing debate about masks taking place online.
The video, shared yesterday by Donald Trump Jr., was the epitome of what doctors claimed to be supporting Trump. He suggested that studies indicating the drug was not effective were “fake science”.
With increasing pressure on social media sites and acting more quickly and decisively about coronovirus misinformation, the move probably should not come as a surprise.
But Twitter has not claimed that the US president himself has made claims about hydroxychloroquine.
Where it resists drawing the line will be a difficult and political decision.
In indications that the conflict between Trump and Twitter is not ending, the president has asked the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to file a petition asking social media companies to view liberal content.
The petition asks the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider rules that protect social media providers from liability for content posted by their users, but still remove posts they consider objectionable .