How far will Twitter go to discourage tweets that might be critical of getting vaccinated?
Apparently, even so far as flagging random tweets, including an obituary about a woman who died in September after getting the vaccine. Twitter flagged a tweet, and labeled it as “misleading” and included information on “why health officials consider COVID-19 vaccines safe for most people.”
Seattle, WA — Jessica Berg Wilson, an "exceptionally healthy and vibrant 37-year-old young mother with no underlying health conditions," passed away from COVID Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia. She did not want to get vaccinated. 😥
— Kelly Bee 🐝 (@ke11ybender) October 2, 2021
The obituary of “exceptionally healthy and vibrant 37-year-old young mother with no underlying health conditions” Jessica Berg Wilson is quite something and you can read the whole tribute here. It was published in The Oregonian. It’s a beautiful tribute and makes me think of the Biblical passage “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
But it also talks about how she was “vehemently opposed” to getting vaccinated, but had to do so to comply with being a “Room Mom” for her children and how her death was reportedly from “COVID-19 Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia” — a rare blood disorder that can occur as a result.
“In her mind, the known and unknown risks of the unproven vaccine were more of a threat,” the obituary read, adding that Wilson had no underlying health conditions.
“During the last weeks of her life, however, the world turned dark with heavy-handed vaccine mandates. Local and state governments were determined to strip away her right to consult her wisdom and enjoy her freedom.
“Her passion to be actively involved in her children’s education — which included being a Room Mom — was, once again, blocked by government mandate. Ultimately, those who closed doors and separated mothers from their children prevailed. It cost Jessica her life. It cost her children the loving embrace of their caring mother. And it cost her husband the sacred love of his devoted wife.”
Twitter later removed the “misleading” tag that it had slapped on the tweet after backlash. But imagine the audacity of slapping such a tag on an obituary. That takes a lot of nerve. It’s probably as a result of an algorithm but it’s still pretty embarrassing that Twitter would be so intent upon pushing a narrative that they would flag an obituary. They pulled the misleading tag but why was it there, to begin with? They never pointed out what was supposed to be “misleading” about the tweet. So their “fact-check” was itself misleading in that they never were able to say what wasn’t true about the original post.
We’ve seen them try to control narratives in the past — such as when they banned the sharing of the NY Post’s tweet/article about Hunter Biden’s laptop just before the election. That may have even had an impact on the election. But it’s pretty low when they would take it to this extent.