Scott Atlas, a White House coronavirus task force member, wrote in a tweet posted Saturday, “Masks work? NO,” and said widespread use of masks is not supported.
Twitter Inc removed the tweet on Sunday, saying it violated its policy that prohibits sharing false or misleading misinformation about COVID-19 that could lead to harm.
“I don’t understand why the tweets were deleted,” Atlas said, noting that his tweet was intended to show that “general population masks and mask mandates do not work.”
His tweet, which comes as coronavirus cases spike rapidly across the US, also linked to an article in the American Institute for Economic Research that argues against the efficacy of wearing of masks, a COVID-19 containment measure that has been widely endorsed by health experts, but not promoted by President Trump.
Atlas’ tweet echoes Trump's misleading claims about masks even as US virus cases have surged rapidly ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
A federal official has said that CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield is concerned that Atlas is providing Trump with misleading information about Covid-19, CNN says.