Twitter limits Donald Trump Jr.'s account after sharing coronavirus disinformation

Twitter temporarily limited Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpRittenhouse to speak at Turning Point USA event White House calls Jan. 6 text revelations 'disappointing' Court orders release of some redacted passages of Mueller report MORE's account after the president's son shared a video that broke the platform's coronavirus misinformation policies, a spokesperson confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday.

Trump Jr. will have some functionality like being able to tweet or retweet limited for 12 hours.

He is not suspended from the platform, although his spokesperson claimed otherwise in a statement.


"Twitter suspending Don Jr. for sharing a viral video of medical professionals discussing their views on Hydroxychloroquine is further proof that Big Tech is intent on killing free expression online and is another instance of them committing election interference to stifle Republican voices," Andy Surabian said.

Surabian also said in a tweet that Twitter is playing "BS word games" and the limits still amount to a suspension.

The video in question has been taken down for violating Twitter rules.


It defends the use of hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug touted by President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE, to combat COVID-19 and claims that you do not need a mask, despite broad medical consensus saying masks can significantly slow the spread of the disease.

The video spread like wildfire on social media platforms Monday, racking up millions of views before being taken down.

It especially picked up traction after being shared by right-wing site Breitbart News and the political group Tea Party Patriots.

Facebook took the video down in the evening, although other copies have popped up on the platform.

Google also removed the video from Breitbart's YouTube channel.

Twitter began blocking the video Tuesday morning, temporarily limiting the functionality of accounts posting it.

Trump also shared the video, but because he retweeted it instead of tweeting it his account will not be affected, according to a Twitter spokesperson.