Twitter files show government attempts to limit COVID messaging

The documents show that both the Trump and Biden administrations have sought to control the narrative around Covid-19 on social media, with the Trump administration focusing on sparking panic buying and the Biden administration targeting anti-vaxxer accounts.

According to the documents, Twitter has taken down or labeled as "misleading" content from a range of sources, including Harvard Medical School epidemiologist Dr. Martin Kulldorff and posts that rely on and show the CDC's own data.

The documents, released by new Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk, provide an insight into the extent of government influence over the information circulated on social media related to the pandemic. While the Trump administration sought to limit messages that could spark panic buying, the Biden administration reportedly sought further action against certain accounts. It remains to be seen how the two administrations will continue to shape the pandemic narrative on social media.


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