Twitter removed misleading claims made by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan about coronavirus vaccines this week for violating its policies against coronavirus misinformation.
Farrakhan’s remarks, recorded on video late last month during the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day convention, had remained on Twitter for more than a week.
“The account owner will be required to delete the violative Tweet and spend 12 hours in read-only mode before regaining access to their account,” a Twitter spokesperson told Fox News Wednesday in a statement over the Nation of Islam tweet linking to the vaccine misinformation video. “Additionally, we’ve taken action to block the URL referenced in the Tweet.”
The post was removed from Facebook for violating its policies Friday night.
The video included claims by Farrakhan that the vaccine was a “vial of death.”
He also compared it to the Kool-Aid from the Jim Jones mass-death tragedy in Guyana in 1978.
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“It is death itself,” Farrakhan said.
“By rushing so fast to get something out, bypassing normal steps in a true vaccine, now God is going to turn your vaccine into death in a hurry,” he said.
Last week, Twitter announced users “may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm.”
Other speakers at the Nation of Islam event also made allegedly false claims that the vaccine had killed more than 900 people and suggested the U.S. uses vaccines for population control and that is it linked to autism. There is no evidence of any of that.
In a statement to Fox News, YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said, “We terminated the channel flagged to us by Fox News for violating our Terms of Service by reuploading content from the Nation of Islam channel, which we terminated last year for repeatedly violating our hate speech policy. Users who have previously seen their channel terminated are not permitted to start new channels, and if their content is reuploaded we may remove it or terminate the new channel.”
The vaccines issued by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are considered safe by medical experts.
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Jerome Adams, the former U.S. surgeon general, in January said there are “real historical reasons for concern” about vaccines within the Black community because of experimentations on Black people by the U.S. government in the past.
Infamously, the Tuskegee syphilis study in the 1930s left Black men unknowingly untreated so the government could observe the effects of the disease.
Because of the distrust among some, many leaders in the Black community have been working for the last few months to restore faith in the vaccine.
This story has been updated to include Twitter and Facebook’s removal of the post.