For the second time in three months, we find ourselves reporting that Twitter is limiting discourse on its platform by suspending user accounts or adding warnings to tweets that link to genuine scientific research.
Here, we provide a link to a Medpage review of a scientific preprint that Twitter would apparently prefer you didn’t read.
The Medpage review is titled “Post-COVID Neurologic, Psychiatric Symptoms May Persist for 2 Years – Risk profiles, trajectories vary for children and adults”,
An extract from the review reads: “COVID-19 is associated with increased risks of neurological and psychiatric sequelae in the weeks and months thereafter. How long these risks remain, whether they affect children and adults similarly, and whether SARS-CoV-2 variants differ in their risk profiles remains unclear.”
There is nothing remotely controversial in the review…
Apparently, @TwitterSupport is freezing people's accounts for tweeting research studies, now.
— It'sME(Jaime) (@exceedhergrasp1) August 18, 2022
The Medpage article is simply a review of a Lancet preprint entitled “Neurological and psychiatric risk trajectories after SARS-CoV-2 infection: an analysis of 2-year retrospective cohort studies including 1 284 437 patients,” which can be found online here.
Quite why Twitter feels it is necessary to suspend accounts for mentioning a review that simply refers to a scientific preprint is something for them to answer, but, sadly, we are duty-bound to report that this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened….
8th June 2022:
UPDATE 1 – 19th August 2022 – Twitter seems to be having some sort of censorship meltdown:
UPDATE 2 – 19th August 2022 – as we were saying….
UPDATE 3 – 20th August 2022 – this is getting embarrassing….
UPDATE 4 – 20th August 2022 – another glitch in the matrix..
UPDATE 5 – 20th August 2022 – it goes on and on..
UPDATE 6 – 22nd August 2022 – Graham Waker MD account locked:
UPDATE 7 – 22nd August 2022 – Antonio Caramia tweet quoting Forbes