Twitter removed a tweet from White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas on Sunday in which he said that masks don’t work.
The tweet, captured in screenshots, was flagged for violating Twitter’s policy against spreading misleading information and is no longer visible to users. It linked to an online post published by the American Institute for Economic Research critical of coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions such as wearing masks.
This tweet from Dr. Atlas, the medical adviser closest to the president right now, has been flagged by Twitter for violating its policies about misleading info. Atlas, a neuroradiologist who doesn’t specialize in infectious diseases or epidemiology, is often seen without a mask. pic.twitter.com/H07rVASwZD
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) October 18, 2020
Atlas’s role as an adviser was announced in August and was met with backlash from the medical community, given that as a radiologist, he had no training in epidemiology or infectious disease,