Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson has been permanently banned from Twitter for violating its COVID-19 “misinformation policies.”
The author has become well-known as a critic of coronavirus quarantines and mandates.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the commentator's account was blocked on Saturday due to “repeated violations.”
“The account you referenced has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation rules,” the Twitter representative stated.
The journalist has repeatedly expressed his views about COVID-19, in particular the efficacy of the vaccines, but a recent tweet apparently triggered Twitter's decision to ban him.
“It doesn't stop infection or transmission,” stated the tweet, which casts doubt on vaccine effectiveness. “It doesn't stop infection or transmission. Don't think of it as a vaccine.”
“Think of it — at best — as a therapeutic with a limited window of efficacy and terrible side effect profile that must be dosed IN ADVANCE OF ILLNESS.”
Twitter later claimed the message was “misleading,” resulting in Berenson's account being deactivated.
After being suspended from Twitter, Benson made an entry on Substack, a newsletter service, which featured the tweet that appears to have caused the issue.
In the post headlined “Goodbye Twitter,” Berenson wrote: “I am officially suspended. This was the tweet that did it. Entirely accurate. I can't wait to hear what a jury will make of this. Meantime, guess you'll be getting more Substacks.”
“We have reached a dangerous moment. Social media companies that have audiences which dwarf any other are now actively censoring reporters at the behest of governments,” Berenson said in a statement.
“I will continue to fight to get out the truth and am considering all legal options.”