Twitter’s policy has been banishment of accounts posting COVID-19 misinformation, so will the official White House account suffer that punishment?
“When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available,” says a Thursday afternoon post to the verified White House account. It segued from there to talk about unemployment numbers.
The bold lie that there was no vaccine available is even more astonishing when considering President Joe Biden was fully vaccinated before his Inauguration Day ceremony.
Mainstream media documented the availability of COVID-19 vaccines beginning with Pfizer’s announcement of an effective coronavirus vaccine six days after the election. A December 10, 2020, report by The Washington Post credited former President Donald Trump with proving naysayers wrong by making good on his promise to have a vaccine ready within months.
An April 1, 2020, Insider report noted Dr. Anthony Fauci declared the absolute earliest that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready was between 12 and 18 months. The report noted vaccines can take 15-20 years from inception to approval.
“‘There was no vaccine available’ is very clearly false,” declared CNN reporter Daniel Dale in a post to Twitter. “More than 3 million Americans were fully vaccinated and more than 18 million had at least one dose by Biden’s Inauguration Day.”
“Biden himself was fully vaccinated.”
Twitter’s COVID-19 disinformation policy proclaims content violates their policy if it contains a claim of fact, expressed in definitive terms, is demonstrably false or misleading — based on widely available, authoritative sources — and be likely to impact public safety or cause serious harm. President Biden’s false claim that there was no vaccine was expressed in definitive terms and is demonstrably false. A quick Google search yields many articles from late 2020 documenting the availability of effective COVID-19 vaccines.
“Anybody got the customer service line for the new disinformation board?” asked Joe Concha, a political columnist for The Hill.
It is unclear if the vaccine claim was generated by the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Board to make the president appear more effective. After all, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has publicly said very little about the purpose of his new policy group.
Absent a clear explanation from the president, it is equally possible the governance board alleged to protect against foreign disinformation may have been created to spread administration-approved disinformation.
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