Twitter temporarily locks Federalist account over post about deliberately spreading coronavirus

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Twitter temporarily locked the account of The Federalist over a post of an op-ed that suggested people ignore self-isolation measures.

A controlled voluntary infection (CVI) “involves allowing people at low risk for severe complications to deliberately contract COVID-19 in a socially and medically responsible way so they become immune to the disease,” Douglas Perednia wrote.

The opinion piece comes after public health officials have urged Americans to practice good hygiene and self-isolation for weeks. Perednia said those measures aren’t enough and that it’s time to “think outside the box.”

“It is time to think outside the box and seriously consider a somewhat unconventional approach to COVID-19: controlled voluntary infection,” he wrote.

“The account was temporarily locked for violating the Twitter Rules regarding COVID-19,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill. 

The tweet was deleted, and The Federalist’s page is seemingly up and running again. Twitter has taken aggressive measures to combat misinformation regarding COVID-19.

The article raised eyebrows on social media among journalists and pundits. 

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