Twitter Unblocks Florida Surgeon General’s Tweet after Initial Restriction

On Sunday, micro-blogging platform Twitter reinstated a tweet from the Florida Surgeon General that it had previously censored on Friday.

According to the Washington Examiner, the tweet in question from Dr. Joseph Ladapo focused on “an analysis on COVID-19 mRNA vaccines the public needs to be aware of,” a report by the Surgeon General’s office which ultimately demonstrated “an increased risk of cardiac-related death among men 18-39.”

“[Florida] will not be silent on the truth,” the tweet continued. The report, released by the state Health Department of Florida, ultimately warned younger men against receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

The tweet included a link to the report itself, which took a closer look at all cases of those who died within 25 weeks of being vaccinated, not including those who either had a documented COVID infection, a COVID-related death, had previously taken a booster shot, or had received their most recent COVID vaccine after December 8th, 2021.

“Individuals and health care providers should also be aware that this analysis found: Males over the age of 60 had a 10% increased risk of cardiac-related death within 28 days of mRNA vaccination,” the report states. “Non-mRNA vaccines were not found to have these increased risks among any population.”

“Based on currently available data, patients should be informed of the possible cardiac complications that can arise after receiving a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine,” the guidance determined as a result of the report’s findings. “With a high level of global immunity to COVID-19, the benefit of vaccination is likely outweighed by this abnormally high risk of cardiac-related death among men in this age group.”

On Friday, the tweet referencing the study was suddenly restricted by Twitter, a practice where certain tweets – often arbitrarily determined to contain “misinformation,” “hate speech,” or some other content that Twitter administrators determine to be against their agenda – are hidden from most users. Although Twitter did not respond to media requests for comment, the tweet was reinstated on Sunday.

Twitter has long been criticized for its overwhelmingly biased censorship of conservatives, and anyone who criticizes the official narrative on the coronavirus and the subsequent vaccines, even despite scientific evidence like the cases cited in the Florida study. The Big Tech giant, however, may soon be taken over by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who has vowed to return the platform to a pro-Free Speech stance that will unban many past users and allow free and open debate.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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