Former Bill Clinton adviser and author Naomi Wolf, who has been critical of vaccine passports and media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been suspended from Twitter, according to the social media company.
Twitter told media outlets that Wolf, who authored the book “The Beauty Myth,” was suspended because, according to the company, she shared misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.
Company officials didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.
When attempting to access Wolf’s account on Twitter, it displays the typical boilerplate message: “Account suspended … Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules.” She had amassed more than 140,000 followers over the years.
While some prominent verified Twitter users applauded the move and claimed it was needed because Wolf allegedly foisted “anti-vaccine” claims, some said Twitter’s move is further evidence of social media platforms’ chilling effect on free speech.
In January, Twitter and Facebook moved to ban former President Donald Trump and other conservatives after the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, drawing criticism from some international leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
“Anyone who loves freedom, including Naomi Wolf, needs to realize the Left is now the enemy of freedom,” conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza wrote on Twitter.
Wolf in March had criticized plans to create a “vaccine passport” system and argued that it would imperil civil liberties.
“‘Vaccine passport’ sounds like a fine thing if you don’t understand what those platforms can do. I’m [the] CEO of a tech company, I understand what this platform does,” she told Fox News on March 28. “It is not about the vaccine, it’s not about the virus, it’s about your data. Once this rolls out, you don’t have a choice about being part of the system.”
Wolf said that such systems were akin to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) social credit system that is often used to punish dissenting viewpoints or opinions critical of the regime.
“How does [the CCP] keep a billion people under the thumb of a totalitarian regime?” she had said. “The CCP can find any dissident within five minutes, and that can happen here literally within months.”
During the 1990s, Wolf, 58, served as a political adviser for the campaigns of former President Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore. In 2007, she authored “The End of America,” in which she “lays out her case for saving American democracy,” according to her website.