Throughout the pandemic, Malone has been a critic of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination rules as well as mitigation policies. On Twitter, he amassed more than 500,000 followers before his account was suspended.
Earlier this week, Malone told The Epoch Times that Twitter suspended his account with no forewarning. Twitter has not yet responded to a request for comment, and the social media site has not issued a public comment on the suspension.
“Over the past year, I have had a few notices from Twitter that there was a complaint about a post but that no action was taken,” the doctor said. “I received no warning prior to the banning.”
Malone provided the Epoch Times with a screenshot with text from Twitter that reads, “Specifically, for: Violating our policy on spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19. You may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm.”
With the ban, Malone is now updating his Substack page and recently gave an interview to prominent podcaster Joe Rogan in an interview that hasn’t yet been broadcast.
“The risk of death associated with COVID-19 in healthy children is virtually non-existent, as children have significant immunologic advantages relative to the older adult population (> 65 years) which comprises the high-risk cohort for COVID-19,” Malone wrote in a recent Substack post.
Further, Malone argued that with the Omicron variant—which health officials have increasingly said presents less severe symptoms and fewer hospitalizations—mandatory vaccinations among children are not warranted. Federal authorities are continuing to say that eligible individuals, including children, should receive COVID-19 vaccines.
“Unfortunately,” Malone added, “the topic has become highly politicized, and active censorship by legacy media outlets has made it difficult for parents and stakeholders to obtain access to the actual data required for the full informed consent prior to acceptance of a medical procedure required by law.”
Gettr, which was launched earlier this year, is headed by former President Donald Trump spokesman and adviser Jason Miller. Trump hasn’t yet joined the platform.
With Malone’s ban, critics of Big Tech again accused Twitter of working to censor viewpoints that are outside the legacy media narrative. Earlier in 2021, the company suspended the accounts of Trump and other prominent conservatives following the Jan. 6 Capitol protest.