Right-wing news outlet National File was suspended this Monday following its Tweet on the story of the teenage patient who died after having the vaccine shots against the CCP Virus (or COVID-19). Twitter reinstated its account 12 hours later, calling it an “error.”
On Monday, June 21, National File embedded its article about a 13-year-old boy who died shortly three days after his vaccination on Twitter. The news survived three hours long on the social media platform before the official account of the conservative news media was suspended.
Giving the penalty of a 12 hours lock, Twitter claimed that the information published by National File was “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”
The story about the teenager’s death that was said to have violated Twitter’s policies came with the caption: “A 13-year-old boy is dead after taking the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and his aunt, who is very pro-vaccine, is demanding an investigation from the CDC.”
The boy’s aunt, Ms. Tami Burages shared his story first on Twitter on Sunday, June 20, telling of her nephew from Michigan Jacob Clynick who passed away in less than three days after his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
“The initial autopsy results (done Friday [June 18]) were that his heart was enlarged and there was some fluid surrounding it. He had no known health problems. Was on no medications,” said Burages, her post came along with a picture of Clynick’s vaccination card as proof.
When Twitter suspended National File, it did not target Ms. Burages’ post, which got the Editor-in-Chief Tom Pappert to complain that its censorship was “as repugnant as it is ridiculous.”
“National File does not publish medical misinformation. We published a report containing direct quotes from a woman who – using Twitter – expressed concern about the death of her 13-year-old nephew, Jacob Clynick, which occurred after he received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine,” Pappert said.
In a seperate post, noting that she was not against the vaccines, Burages said the death of her son needed more investigation, especially into the real effects the doses can have on recipients.
“I do believe that the vaccine is saving millions of lives. But should any innocent child be a sacrificial lamb in this endeavor? There are moral, ethical and health questions that need to be answered,” she wrote, according to National File. “If Jacob had not received the 2nd shot, we believe he would be alive today.”
After National File’s complaint was sent to Twitter, its official account had been fully reinstated. In an email response to the outlet, the social media giant attributed the block to “in error.”
However, the post by the conservative outlet with the link to the boy’s story remained deleted. Twitter also turned to fix its “error” by removing Ms. Burages’ account. Her posts about Clynick’s death can no longer be found.