Twitter’s direct and indirect suppression of opinions that in any way question the efficacy or safety of Covid vaccines continues unabated on the platform.
The latest example is a label that the social network is putting on links leading to an American Heart Association (AHA) study that shows the risk of developing heart conditions increases by 11 to 25% percent when mRNA vaccines (by Moderna and Pfizer) are administered.
Twitter users clicking on links shared in posts don’t get to the study’s page on the site of the Journal of the American Heart Association right away, but are instead redirected to Twitter’s warning, stating that either Twitter or its “partners” (i.e., third party fact-checkers) have identified them as potentially spammy or unsafe, therefore running afoul of its URL policy.
The warning doesn’t say what exact rule the AHA study page broke, but mentions broadly that the transgression could be a malicious link that steals personal information, a spammy one that misleads or “disrupts people’s experience,” as well as those that promote violent content causing real world harm.
Another reason to put this barrier between Twitter users and the AHA site is if the content was shared directly on Twitter and violates its rules and policies.
A big blue button then prompts users to go back to Twitter, and finally, at the very bottom of the message, those not scared enough are given the possibility to ignore it and continue to the page they were headed to.
What, if anything, from the AHA study – titled, MRNA COVID Vaccines Dramatically Increase Endothelial Inflammatory Markers and ACS Risk as Measured by the PULS Cardiac Test: a Warning – matches any of these descriptions of links that deserve a warning label is not explained.