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Donald Trump Jr has been suspended from Twitter for posting “misleading and potentially harmful information” about coronavirus from a doctor who also believes that cysts are caused by having sex dreams about demons.
The president’s son shared a video of Dr Stella Immanuel in which she called hydroxychloroquine a “cure” for coronavirus, even though the anti-malaria drug has not been found to be an effective Covid-19 treatment.
President Trump retweeted his son’s post, but that has since been removed from his Twitter timeline.
Twitter said in a tweet: “This account has not been permanently suspended. Per the screenshot, the tweet requires deletion because it violates our rules (sharing misinformation on Covid-19), and the account will have limited functionality for 12 hours.”
This account has not been permanently suspended. Per the screenshot, the Tweet requires deletion because it violates our rules (sharing misinformation on COVID-19), and the account will have limited functionality for 12 hours. More in our rules: https://t.co/0wHWVV5QS4 https://t.co/0gq7rlaNw7
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) July 28, 2020
Immanuel has previously made a number of bizarre medical claims including that alien DNA is used in some medical treatments. A video of her falsely touting the benefits of hydroxychloroquine was yesterday taken down by Facebook.
Responding to Facebook’s decision, the doctor, who practises in Houston, said that Jesus would crash the tech giant’s servers.
Hello Facebook put back my profile page and videos up or your computers with start crashing till you do. You are not bigger that God. I promise you. If my page is not back up face book will be down in Jesus name.
— Stella Immanuel MD (@stella_immanuel) July 28, 2020
President Trump has spent months pushing hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for Covid-19, against the advice of many of his administration’s top medical professionals.
The drug has the potential to cause significant side effects in some patients and has not been shown to combat coronavirus.
Back in May, Trump said his doctor did not recommend the drug to him but he requested it from the White House physician.
“I started taking it, because I think it’s good,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”
He dismissed reports of side effects, saying: “All I can tell you is, so far I seem to be OK.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.