Twitter has banned conservative author Alex Berenson due to violations of its COVID-19 misinformation rules, the social media giant confirmed on Sunday.
“The account was permanently suspended for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation rules,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill.
Berenson said in a Substack post on Saturday that he had been banned from Twitter.
“This was the tweet that did it. Entirely accurate. I can’t wait to hear what a jury will make of this,” he said. “Meantime, guess you’ll be getting more Substacks.”
In a now-deleted tweet, Berenson compared the vaccine to a therapeutic "with a limited window of efficacy and terrible side effect profile." He also questioned vaccine mandates.
“It doesn’t stop infection. Or transmission. Don’t think of it as a vaccine,” Berenson said in his tweet.
“Think of it - at best - as a therapeutic with a limited window of efficacy and terrible side effect profile that must be dosed IN ADVANCE OF ILLNESS. And we want to mandate it? Insanity”
At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in July, Berenson drew applause for saying the Biden administration was hoping they could “sucker in” 90 percent of the population to get vaccinated.
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The U.S. currently seeing another wave of COVID infections, as the highly contagious delta variant is hitting the unvaccinated.