Florida Surgeon General, Joseph Ladapo, was censored on Twitter for posting a tweet linking to updated Covid-19 vaccine guidelines from his office that recommend against giving mRNA vaccines to males ages 18-39.
Ladapo’s Tweet read, “Today, we released an analysis on COVID-19 mRNA vaccines the public needs to be aware of. This analysis showed an increased risk of cardiac-related death among men 18-39. FL will not be silent on the truth” and was accompanied by a press release. Twitter promptly removed the tweet citing a violation of its Covid-19 misinformation policies. Twitter reposted the tweet Sunday morning.
After removing Ladapo’s tweet, Twitter commented, “Our current misleading information policies cover: synthetic and manipulated media, COVID-19, and civic integrity…If we determine a Tweet contains misleading or disputed information per our policies that could lead to harm, we may add a label to the content to provide context and additional information.”
The removal of Ladapo’s tweet quickly got the attention of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s office with his press secretary, Bryan Griffin, berating the online platform for its censorship. “Twitter censored data posted by the Florida State Surgeon General that showed an increase risk of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination. This is an unacceptable and Orwellian move for narrative over fact,” said Griffin.
Ladapo has been an outspoken critic of the safety and effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccines, and said in a press release, “Far less attention has been paid to safety and the concerns of many individuals have been dismissed — these are important findings that should be communicated to Floridians.”
The Ladapo censorship is one of many in a string of questionable moves made by Twitter to silence those not in favor of Covid-19 vaccines or mandates.