The new regime at Twitter announced that it will begin punishing users who tweet that vaccinated people can spread the Wuhan virus.
“When tweets include misleading information about Covid-19, we may place a label on those tweets that includes corrective information about that claim,” the Twitter website says addressing pandemic “misinformation.“We may apply labels to tweets that contain, for example… false or misleading claims that people who have received the vaccine can spread or shed the virus (or symptoms, or immunity) to unvaccinated people.” Users who pass on such ‘lies” might receive a permanent ban.
[Notice of Correction : Okay, now I’ve got all the information. Twitter did a stealth edit even as I was writing the post. The original text DID say “virus,” as EA stated above. Yesterday Twitter changed the word to “vaccine,” which is ridiculous, and claimed that virus was a typo. I do not believe it was a typo. I believe that once various web sources pointed out the CDC contradictory statements, Twitter tried to save face by the “typo” excuse. It is also a stealth edit, as the page itself never acknowledges the change. After several commenters told me that I had wrongly published “virus” when Twitter had used “vaccine,” I assumed it was my mistake. It wasn’t. My original source was correct regarding what the new Twitter rules were at the time I wrote this post.]
This is interesting, because in June of this year, the CDC announced that “the vaccinated public” could “unknowingly transmit virus to others, including their unvaccinated or immunocompromised loved ones.”
Go ahead, Twitter: ban the Centers for Disease Controls! Of course, who knows if that June advisory was “misinformation” or not. The CDC’s conclusions, advice and recommendations are no more trustworthy than a Ouija board. Science! These “experts” have no idea what to do, and have been flailing for a full year and a half while two administrations foolishly danced to their tune, which has been atonal and arrhythmic at best. Why would anyone trust the CDC, and particularly Dr. Fauci, at this point? It’s quite obvious that it doesn’t understand the virus and that the CDC’s capacity for prognostication is in Jean Dixon territory.
That does not mean, however, that it is responsible or anything but damning for Twitter to decide that a user who passes along CDC’s conclusions is dealing in “misinformation.” Obviously Twitter isn’t smart enough or ethical enough to make such calls; worse, it is so politically biased it has moved beyond stupid to addled. This particular ploy by Twitter seems like misinformation itself, aimed at helping the Biden administration get more of the vaccine-hesitant stuck by lying outright, based on what the CDC claims to know, which might still be hooey.
You know how a democracy works out what is misinformation and what isn’t, don’t you? The remedy for speech is more speech: someone tweets something that is stupid or wrong, and someone else explains why it’s garbage. I do this a lot on Facebook, and people I correct often block or unfriend me. Why? Because they are 21st century progressives and thus nascent totalitarians who prefer censorship over civil discourse. That applies to Twitter as well.
And that’s why I quit the platform this year, as should you.
I nearly forgot.