Twitter removed a message from Dr. Atlas, on Oct. 18. Atlas is one of the Trump administration’s top advisers on the CCP Virus, saying the use of masks is ineffective and cannot prevent the spread of the virus, the New York Post reported.
Dr. Atlas’s tweet said, “Masks work? NO: LA, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Phlippines, UK, Spain, Israel. WHO: widespread use not supported’ + many harms; Heneghan/Oxf CEBM: ‘despite decades, considerable uncertainty re value’; CDC rvw May:’no sig red’n in inflnz transm’n’; learn why.”
Twitter removed it with a message that “this tweet is not available” claiming that it violated its policy of sharing false or misleading information about the CCP Virus that could cause harm.
Atlas referred in his censored tweet to places where the mandatory use of masks did not help reduce infections, that is to say the masks failed to prevent the virus from spreading.
The same day, President Trump’s medical adviser used his Twitter account again to argue the point he wanted to make with the previous message.
That means the right policy is @realDonaldTrump guideline: use masks for their intended purpose – when close to others, especially hi risk. Otherwise, social distance. No widespread mandates. #CommonSense https://t.co/GZpBZxfNYa
— Scott W. Atlas (@SWAtlasHoover) October 17, 2020
In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the use of masks is recommended for people who go to supermarkets, pharmacies, and places where social distancing cannot be maintained, where masks may slightly reduce the spread of the CCP virus.
Atlas made headlines before for his stance on measures to combat the pandemic. While all major media and Democratic leaders insist on forcing people to wear masks, closing schools, and asking people to stay home, Atlas has spoken out against these measures being applied so drastically without considering other issues.
“The way I advise the president is perfectly consistent with the most appropriate strategy for dealing with this pandemic,” he said. “One, target diligent protection of the high risk and vulnerable populations, and two, open up schools and society.”
Atlas said he disagreed with following the views of a few people without considering other options. “There is no monopoly of knowledge or expertise among public health officials who have been working inside government for decades,” Atlas told Fox News.
Twitter’s aggressive censorship is under intense scrutiny, and it’s not just on the conservative side. The Wall Street Journal criticized the social media outlet in an editorial for censoring the New York Post’s story about Hunter Biden’s emails implicating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in a huge corruption scandal.
However, Twitter apparently considers itself the bearer of truth because it censors all opinions that are not covered by ‘its own understanding’ of the facts.