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Twitter removes tweet from top Trump Covid adviser saying masks don’t work

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Twitter on Sunday removed a tweet from one of President Donald Trump’s top Covid-19 advisers falsely claiming masks don’t work to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The tweet no longer appeared on the site as of Sunday morning, replaced with a note saying “This Tweet is no longer available” and a link to Twitter’s rules and policies explaining why the company removes or limits certain posts.

The tweet in question, posted on Saturday by Dr. Scott Atlas, read, “Masks work? NO: LA, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Phlippnes, UK, Spain, Israel. WHO:”widesprd use not supported” + many harms; Heneghan/Oxf CEBM:”despite decades, considerble uncertainty re value”; CDC rvw May:”no sig red’n in inflnz transm’n”; learn why.”

In a followup tweet posted later Saturday, Atlas wrote: “That means the right policy is @realDonaldTrump guideline: use masks for their intended purpose — when close to others, especially hi risk. Otherwise, social distance. No widespread mandates.”

Later Sunday, Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services and coordinator of the Trump administration’s testing response, tweeted “#Masks work? YES!”

“And even though cases/hospitalizations are increasing, we can control #COVID19 by wearing masks when we can’t distance, avoiding crowds especially indoors, good hygiene, and smart testing of contacts and to identify/isolate those asymptomatic but infectious,” he added.

Trump has leaned on Atlas in recent months over the advice of other advisers like National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci. A neuroradiologist who is not an expert in infectious diseases, Atlas, who gained attention after making a number of appearances on Fox News, has more aggressively pushed for reopening sectors of the economy and is regularly seen at the White House without wearing a mask.

Last month, an NBC News reporter overheard Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, telling a colleague in a phone call that Atlas is arming Trump with misleading data.

“Everything he says is false,” Redfield said during a phone call made publicly on a commercial airline.

As the election nears, Twitter has taken a more aggressive approach limiting and removing misinformation, especially relating to coronavirus or voting. The website has slapped a warning label on several problematic Trump tweets in recent months.

The president, who tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month, attended a crowded church service in Nevada on Sunday. He and his aides did not wear masks at the ceremony, which was held indoors with over 200 people in attendance, many of whom also forwent face-coverings.



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'Get out now!' Boris Johnson told to pull the UK out of EU trade talks as time runs out

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BORIS JOHNSON has been told to pull the UK out of trade talks with the EU as time is running out to reach an agreement, a new poll has shown.

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Trump campaign website hacked

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President Donald Trump’s campaign website appeared to fall victim to hackers Tuesday night.

“This site was seized,” read a message that was briefly posted on a page at donaldjtrump.com. The “world has had enough of the fake news spreaded daily” by the president, it continued.

The message said it had information that “discredits” the president and his family, and it demanded cryptocurrency to either release or withhold the information.

An image of www.donaldjtrump.com

The site soon appeared to go offline, and it was restored without the hacked message a short time later.

A spokesman for the Trump campaign, Tim Murtaugh, said the “website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack.”

“There was no exposure to sensitive data because none of it is actually stored on the site,” he said. “The website has been restored.”

In July, hackers managed to break into numerous Twitter accounts, including those of Trump rival Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama, in a different scam aimed at getting cryptocurrency. Trump’s account was not affected. A Florida teenager was charged with being the mastermind of the scam.

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Unelected Lord issues meddling warning to Boris Johnson on Scottish independence

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AN UNELECTED peer has intervened in the Scottish independence debate as Boris Johnson has been warned Scotland could be independent within a decade.

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