Surabian also posted a screenshot of what appeared to be a message Trump received from Twitter telling him that the company had “temporarily limited some of your account features.”
“We have determined that this account violates Twitter rules,” the statement said, specifically alleging that Trump had violated Twitter’s “policy of disseminating misleading and potentially harmful information regarding Covid-19. “
In a longer statement to POLITICO, Surabian said that “Twitter suspends Don Jr. for sharing a viral video of medical professionals discussing their views of Hydroxychloroquine is further evidence that Big Tech plans to kill free speech online.”
Surabian argued that Twitter’s action “was another example of committing electoral interference to suppress Republican votes.”
Responding to Surabian’s message, Twitter’s communications team clarified in a tweet that Trump’s account was “ not permanently suspended. ”
“According to the screenshot, the Tweet should be removed because it violates our rules (sharing misinformation about COVID-19), and the account will have limited functionality for 12 hours,” said the Twitter spokespersons wrote.
According to Twitter explanation From the “range of enforcement options,” the company will take action against users “at the account level if we find that a person has violated or repeatedly violated Twitter rules, even after receiving notifications from us.”
A Twitter spokesperson would not confirm whether the screenshot shared by Surabian online was authentic or specify which Trump tweet was in violation of the company’s policies.
But Trump appears to have been punished for a tweet he posted Monday night, including a video of a woman promoting the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus drug and discouraging the use of face masks.
The woman claimed to be a Houston physician and was surrounded by others in white lab coats outside of what appeared to be the United States Supreme Court. Images of her comments were widely shared among social media conservatives.
After President Donald Trump retweeted a snippet of the speech in late Monday, Twitter flagged the post and removed it from the president’s feed.
The president tweeted more than a dozen times on Monday evening in defense of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19, despite the fact that it appears to be ineffective against the coronavirus.